Tripfiction: Ten books set in Paris
Paris and love go hand in hand, therefore to mark this year’s Valentine’s Day, it seemed appropriate to bring together some top reads, across genres, to get under the skin of the City of Light and Love. There may no longer be so many love locks on the bridges over the Seine, but the dappled light and allure of the city still make it a romantic hot spot. Let yourself be transported via selected top titles.
The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris
Chocolat is a hard act to follow, but Harris creates a wonderful and mysterious story set in the heart of Montmartre. Zozie de l'Alba breezes into the lives of Vianne and Anouk, now calling themselves Yanne and Annie. Will they decide to flee in the face an enemy or stay and settle?
Murder on the Champ de Mars by Cara Black
Cara Black is known for setting her murder mystery novels in the various arrondissements of Paris. Wherever you stay, there is likely to be a book of hers set nearby and through her storytelling, she will take you by the hand as her leading lady, Aimée Leduc, carries out her investigations
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
After the recent tragic attacks on Paris, Hemingway’s memoir promptly sold out in Parisian bookshops. Copies were left across the city, as an affirmation of resolve and connection. As the author himself said: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast”. A classic.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Another all time classic is Hugo’s story is set in 1482, as his characters ponder love, the human condition, and society. A latter day story of Beauty and the Beast.
Foreign Tongue by Vanina Marsot
Anna is getting over a broken heart and moves to Paris, where her aunt has an apartment. She soon finds work, translating an erotic novel, written by a mysterious author. A satisfying story of passion and Paris, this book brings the subtleties of the city to life.
Secret Paris (Colouring for Mindfulness) by Zoé de Las Cases
Paris in black and white is just waiting for you and your colouring pencils bring the City of Light to life. Through secret streets, past well-known monuments – the spirit of the city will be your guide. A great way to appreciate the little details of the city, captured in sketches and just waiting for creative colour.
The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau
Romance is definitely in the air in this comédie-francaise of love and intrigue. Aurélie Bredin owns a small restaurant on the Rue Princesse, called Le Temps des Cerises (based on one of the author’s favourite restaurants). By chance she discovers that she and her restaurant are at the heart of a book, The Smiles of Women by Robert Miller. But who is he and why has he chosen to focus on her?
It’s Not Love, it’s just Paris by Patricial Engel
Lita del Cielo takes a year out and lives in The House of Stars, a crumbling Left Bank mansion, where Countess Seraphine rents out rooms to young women working in the city. She soon meets the charming Cato, son of a notorious right-wing politician, and her world shifts. A love story firmly set in the wonderful city of Paris.
City-Lit Paris edited by Heather Reyes
This small book brings together a collection of urban writing anthologies to transport you to the city via fiction both past and present. Featuring both famous and lesser known authors, this is a great way to experience the city in snippets.
Paris in Love by Eloisa James
In 2009, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James moved her family to Paris. Having plenty of time to explore, she takes the reader to the Paris hidden from the tourists, explores the capital from a fashion perspective and just enjoys all the city has to offer.
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