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Dimensions:
200 × 120 mm
272 pages
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781780237466
Illustrations:
96 illustrations, 76 in colour
Published:
09 Aug 2017
Series:
Cityscopes

Paris Adam Roberts

Explore behind the tourist facade of the world’s most visited city. In this book, Paris-based writer and Invisible Paris blogger Adam Roberts provides a concise and informative portrait of the iconic metropolis. He uncovers the story of how a provincial backwater rose up to become the richest and most powerful city in Europe, and a world leader in fashion, the arts and gastronomy – and why it continues to dazzle today.

In short, illustrated chapters, Roberts casts his eye over 2,000 years of turbulent history, from a time when roaming Celtic tribes first set up camp to the present day: he covers the rise and fall of royalty, uprisings and invasions, destruction and magnificent redevelopments, and he explores the city’s contributions to the world, including Gothic architecture, city planning, mammoth museums and urban art. A section on the city today –  perceptive essays and observations on topics ranging from Parisian Sundays to the inside workings of a historic hotel – reveal the twenty-first-century city.

Roberts also offers travellers a diverse selection of tips on places to visit, from a vintage sweet shop to a museum of romantic life, a relaxing hidden garden in a hospital, and a converted hairdressing salon where you can play table tennis. Recommended for those planning a trip to the city or simply for anyone who loves Paris, this book offers a unique overview of one of the world’s most fascinating cities.

‘The Paris within Adam Roberts’ Paris combines the intellect with the emotional and does so in a style that is both engaging and alluring. The rich history that belongs to the city – stone by stone, bridge by bridge, ruler by ruler, era by era – comes alive within these pages, giving vast meaning to each step and to each breath taken by today’s visitor. In the end, one is left with an historical and a present moveable feast.’ – Robert Wheeler, author of Hemingway’s Paris: A Writer’s City in Words and Images

‘Adam Roberts paints the living city and its roots in an intimate, nuanced way offering a narrative full of historical and 21st century detail. As a devoted follower of his blog Invisible Paris, I’m thrilled that we can benefit from his broad knowledge and unique observations with this excellent book. Not only highly recommended, this book is also a treat to share.’ – Cara Black, author of the series Aimée Leduc Investigations, set in Paris

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Adam Roberts is a freelance writer and creator of the influential Invisible Paris blog, which has shown readers – both local and visiting – around an alternative Paris since 2008. His observations have featured in The Guardian, CNN and a variety of French magazines. He lives in Paris.