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. '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

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'Originally a literary biographer, Robb switched trades three years ago in The Discovery of France, an offbeat study of la France profonde. Now he turns his attention to the capital, in an equally innovative chronicle... An exceptional achievement' --Guardian

'Graham Robb wrote a superb book about France two years ago, The Discovery of France, and now follows it up with an ingenious study of Paris since 1750.... This masterful book focuses on what really matters, the human beings who shaped, or were occasionally defeated by, their city' --Daily Telegraph, 'Editor's Choice'

'Comparable to Peter Ackroyd's masterpiece London: A Biography... Though Paris is perhaps the most described city in the world, Robb's strange and pungent vignettes tell us something new' --Independent

`His most ambitious project so far ... Though the stories he tells are true, the author's lustrous prose and flair for narrative mean that this book resembles nothing so much as a grand episodic novel, packed with a splendid cast and studded with bravura set pieces.' --Independent on Sunday

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