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A book-lover's guide to Paris

What better way to improve your downtime in Paris than with a great read?


Paris Editor

Paris has always provided endless fuel for writers. In turn, their writing fuels our imaginations. Here are our favourite summer reads that perfectly complement a backdrop of France's City of Lights.

A Moveable Feast (1964)

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Celebrated American writer Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved work, his memoir of his time in Paris as a struggling expat journalist provides a vivid account of life in the 1920s. Published posthumously, the novel tells of the author’s encounters with writers, artists and his wife Hadley in numerous bars and restaurants made famous by his prose, many of which still exist today. Translated in French as ‘Paris is a party,’ the book leaped to the top of the charts after the November Paris attacks.

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Paris to the Moon (2000)

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A book of essays by The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, it tells the story of his move from the Big Apple to the City of Light with his wife and young son in 1995. A personal pilgrimage to the undisputed capital of everything beautiful and cultural, Gopnik tells of the arduous process of getting to grips with a city that can at times seem near impossible to befriend.

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How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are (2014)

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The international best-seller, by fashion icon Caroline de Maigret, actress Anne Berest, writer Audrey Diwan and film producer Sophie Mas, provides real insight into the sassy and elusive Parisienne. Fresh and fun, the four Parisian women share their take on style, beauty, culture, attitude and men, while letting the reader in on their flaws and recurrent contradictory feelings.