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France: An Adventure History

France: An Adventure History by Graham Robb

Author: Graham Robb


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Page Count:544

Date Published:16 Mar 2023



A Spectator and Prospect Book of the Year. Winner of the American Library in Paris Book Award.

Original, knowledgeable and endlessly entertaining, France: An Adventure History is an unforgettable journey through France from the first century BC to the present day. Drawn from countless new discoveries and thirty years of exploring France on foot, in the library and across 30,000 miles on the author’s beloved bike, it begins with Gaulish and Roman times and ends in the age of #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, the Gilets Jaunes and Covid-19. From the plains of Provence to the slums and boulevards of Paris, events and themes of French history may be familiar – Louis XIV, the French Revolution, the French Resistance, the Tour de France – but all are presented in a shining new light by Graham Robb.

Frequently hilarious, always surprising, this is a a vivid, living history of one of the world’s most fascinating nations, it will make even seasoned Francophiles wonder if they really know that terra incognita which is currently referred to as ‘France’.

‘A gorgeous tapestry of insights, stories and surprises’ – Fintan O’Toole

‘A rich and vibrant narrative . . . clear-eyed but imaginative storytelling’ – Financial Times

‘Ceaselessly interesting, knowledgeable and evocative’ – Spectator

‘An amused, erudite homage to France . . .ambitious and original’ – The Times

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