French fields to pastures new

16 January 2018

Perfect books to enjoy laughing by a pool or, if you're not going away, they're just the ticket for a journey of the mind. By Rose Shepherd



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Paris by the book by Liam Callanan

Leah, from Milwaukee, runs The Late Edition bookshop in an unfashionable corner of the trendy Marais. Her writer husband is missing, presumed dead. So can he really be sending her coded messages? Bit by bit the mystery deepens. Liam is pitch perfect as Leah. The narrative is infused with a deep love of Paris - and of books, which make such great projectiles. 

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The Balcony by Jane Delury

A little outside Paris, in 1992, Brigitte arrives to work as an au pair at a decaying manor house. The old place has seen better days. It has seen worse days. In lucid prose, the author weaves together deeply involving stories centring on the house, moving back and forth in time, through war, and other human catastrophes, rendering a very real France. 

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Florida by Lauren Groff

Forget the Florida of orange groves and waving palms. These short stories play out in  the 'gunshine' state of hunting shacks and 'gators, an Eden with sepents, stray pit bulls, palmetto bugs and 'wildly singing frogs'. Groff's writing is clever, caustic yet with a mother's tender sensibility. And such powers of description! The coming hurricane, goose bumps on the lake, a galumphing picnic table, zucchini swinging like church bells... I was blown away.

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Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

The Gare De Lyon, Paris, 1948. Eve steps aboard Le Train Bleu. Behind her is drab, post-war London and an insufferable husband. A mystery stranger has left her an inheritance. Soon she'll be mingling with film stars in the Mediterranean sun. 'A likely story!' I hear you say - but you'll read on. 

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Elefant by Martin Suter

Zurich, 2014. A homeless ex-banker awakes to see a tiny, glowing pink elephant, no hallucination but real, alive and in need of his care. So begins an adventure that will take him to Myanmar by the wway of redemption love, with shady scientists on his trail. An odd, touching read, translated from the original German. Wunderbar.  

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Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom

Daunted by the prospect of eating, drinking or travelling alone? This of it as liberation. Here the young author embarks on a solo voyage of discovery, exploring Paris, Istanbul, Florence, New York - and herself. This is an erudite, absorbing book, part travelouge, part dissertation, a 'love letter to loners' and persuasive argument for the bliss of solitude. 

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The Palace Lady's Summerhouse by Patricia Daunt

From glorious summer palaces on the Bosphorus to the ruined splendour of Aphrodisias, via an artist's rural retreat, 'the lake that time forgot' and a remote medieval mosque, this author and former ambassador reveals the Turkey she has known and loved for six decades. John Julius Norwich supplied a foreword. Stunning photographs too, but this is far more than just coffee-table book. One to treasure. All proceeds to the Friends of Aphrodisias Trust.  

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Gardening Book of the Month

The Story of the English Garden by Ambra Edwards

 This beautifully illustrated hardback offers a comprehensive look at the changing face of the archetypal English garden, from the Middle Ages to the beautiful millennium. Beautiful photography and original historical drawings are accompanied by fascinating insights into the origins of some of today's most popular garden plants and landscaping features.  

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CAMRA's The campaign for Real Ale's Good Beer Guide: Belgium by Tim Webb and Joe Stange

For the soaring number of Brits taking Belgian city breaks, this is a great guide to the thriving bars and breweries - what to drink, where to drink it, and what to eat with it, too (it's not just frites with everything). It also has great advice on transport, hotels, history, maps and a waspish approach to it's subject. Santé

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