Exceptional Women / Femmes d’exception

March is the month we celebrate UN International Women’s Day. A record six women challenged themselves and others when they set sail on 8th November 2020 in the Vendée Globe single- anded, non-stop, no assistance round-the-world yacht race. Called “the Everest of the Seas”, the Vendee Globe “is an extreme quest in individual endurance and the ultimate test in ocean racing” (Wikipedia). Sam Davies and Isabelle Joschke retired; Pip Hare, Miranda Merron and Alexia Barrier finished 19th, 22nd and 24th respectively; and the youngest at 31 and least experienced, Clarisse…

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« While Paris Slept » by Ruth Druart

Santa Cruz, 1953 Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind. The scar on his face a small price to pay for surviving the Nazi Occupation. Nine years later, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door. Told from alternating perspectives, While Paris Slept switches from Santa Cruz 1953 to Paris 1944, where the destinies of two young people become entangled. Decisions made that day will change the future in ways neither could have imagined. According to Literary…

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