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Parisians : An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb

Parisians : An Adventure History of Paris

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No-one knows a city like the people who live there - so who better to relate the history of Paris than its inhabitants through the ages? Taking us from 1750 to the new millennium, Graham Robb's Parisians is at once a book to read from cover to cover, to lose yourself in, to dip in and out of at leisure, and a book to return to again and again - rather like the city itself, in fact.


Parisians : An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb

The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller from the award-winning author of The Discovery of France.


'Quirky, amused and tres British' - Julian Barnes

'A collection of true stories, culled from Robb's insatiable historical reading and lit by his imagination...So richly pleasurable that you feel it might emit a warm glow if you left it in a dark room' - John Carey, Book of the Week, Sunday Times

'This book is the sort of triumph that we have no right to expect to come from anyone in the steady way that Robb's masterly books come from him' - Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph

'As Parisian and as bracing as a freshly mixed Pernod and water' - New York Times

About the Author

Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958 and is a former fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has published widely on French literature and history, including a biographies of Victor Hugo (which won the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Award and the Whitbread Biography Award in 1997) and Rimbaud (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2000). The Discovery of France won both the Duff Cooper and Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prizes. His most recent book, Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. He lives in Cumbria.

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15th April 2011


Graham Robb

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Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan


512 pages


Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
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European history



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