Gillian Tindall

In The Catacombs

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

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Three years ago, in a prize-winning book with the deceptively anodyne title The Discovery of France, Graham Robb took on the whole of France and effectively showed the extent to which ancient French tribal customs and regional convictions underlie the modern Republic created by Napoleon. Now, taking shelter beneath an equally unrevealing title and wishy-washy jacket, he tackles the capital. Do not be fooled: this is not really an invitation to hardy tourists to wander Paris book in hand, for the adventures are essentially Robb’s own excursions into highly eclectic regions of history.

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