Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris


By (author) Graham Robb

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 206mm x 38mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330536230
  • ISBN 13: 9780330536233
  • Sales rank: 58,110

Product description

'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 'Robb has focused on what really matters, the human beings who shaped, or who were occasionally defeated by, their city ...Marvellously entertaining, boundingly energetic and original' PHILIP HENSHER, Daily Telegraph 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. 'If you delight in the historical equivalent of finding a tiny restaurant frequented only by locals ...then Robb will sate your appetite' Evening Standard 'The great and daring trick Robb pulls off is to make the familiar so unfamiliar that in every sense it is like seeing the city anew' Observer

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Author information

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, and his most recent book, The Discovery of France (2007), won both the Duff Cooper and Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prizes.