The Bonjour Effect

 Takes readers beyond what the French say to explain what they really mean.

“…as light as it is substantive!”
The New York Times

” …fascinating and delightful….”
The Times Literary Supplement

“Copies should be made available at every border crossing.”
The  Daily Mail

“…lively and informative…”
The Globe and Mail


The Story of Spanish

A “biography” of Spanish that explains how the language was born, evolved and spread – sometimes against all odds – to become the world’s 3rd most-spoken tongue

“Hats off!”
The Economist

“…zips along crisply.”
The Wall Street Journal

“… a rich history of the language.”
The LA Times


The Story of French

The mysteries of French are unravelled in a narrative that spans from Charlemagne to the Cirque du Soleil.

*Winner of the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction and the Prix La Renaissance française

“…well told, highly accessible..”
The New York Times

“…stuffed with surprises, insight and humour…”
The Independent

“…an illuminating portrait of Gallic sensibility.”
Publisher’s Weekly


Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong

Part travelogue and part anthropological study, the full story of the French “difference.”

“..does its job marvelously well.”
The Wall Street Journal

“…should be handed out at Calais and Charles de Gaulle airport.”
The Daily Telegraph

“…a wonderful book…”
The Globe and Mail