Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb
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? A collection of true stories, culled from the author's insatiable historical reading and lit by his imagination.
'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 Henser, "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."