"READING LIST" France Travelogue by pedroswift
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Publications I've read or consulted over the years to try to better understand France and the French. Author then title.
Auchincloss, Louis : Richelieu
Bowle, John: Napoleon
Bernard, J.F. : Talleyrand
Cadbury, Deborah : The lost King of France (The tragic story of Marie-Antoinette's favourite son, Louis XVII. & modern-day DNA testing putting paid to the crackpot claimants to be descended from him!)
Crosland, Margaret(Colette’s translator): Collette ; The Difficulty of Loving
De Boer, Sir Gavin : Jean Jacques Rousseau and His World
Laing, Margaret: Josephine & Napoleon
Mazzeo, Tilar J. : The Widow Clicquot (The story of a Champagne Empire and the woman who ruled it).
Mitford, Nancy : The Sun King (Louis XIV at Versailles - very detailed expo of life at the top!)
Smith, John Holland: Joan of Arc
Turnbull, Patrick : Napoleon’s Second Empress
Dickens, Charles : A Tale of Two Cities
Dumas Alexander (the son) lady of the Camelias
Dumas, Alexander (the father) Three Musketeers
Count of Monte Christo
Hugo, Victor ; Les Miserables
Brown, A : "Ill-Starred Captains: Flinders and Baudin"
ISBN: 1920731466. This is a must for all Australian Francophiles! The Brit and the French Captains who filled in the blank sections of the map of Australia 200 + years ago. read a synopsis of the book
Caro, Ina : The Road from the Past: Traveling Through History in France - .....................IMO essential reading before visiting France
Caro, Ina: Paris to the Past - Travelling through French History by Train. More good stuff from Ina!
Dallas, Gregor: MetroStop PARIS (History from the City's Heart) History of Paris & France with metro stops as the location starter.
Hibbert, Christopher : The French Revolution
Howarth, David : Waterloo; A Near Run Thing
Howarth, David : Waterloo A Guide to the Battlefield
Laffin, Dr John : A guide to the Australian Battlefields of the Western Front (Kangaroo Press).an old publication but a must for Battlefield students. I had to order from the Qld. State Library.
Lancaster, Rosemary : Je Suis Australienne - Remarkable Women in France, 1880 - 1945. This is five short stories about Australian Women in France.
Lapouge, Gilles : The Battle of Wagram
Lauriston, Thierry de : The Kings of France & 10 centuries of art & history in Europe (wall chart)
Mackay North High School students and staff: "Lessons of a Life Time" - The story of the School's 2002 ANZAC Day Pilgrimage to Gallipoli and Northern France. (I SBN 0-646-41881-5) Available gratis from the school. Request via an e mail. Web site : http://resources.macknortshs.eq.edu.au/ANZAC/
Mc Lachlan, Mat : Walking with the Anzacs - A Guide to Australian Battlefields on the Western Front. essential companion when visiting Western Front
Manceron, Claud : Men of Liberty – Europe on the Eve of the French Revolution 1774-1778
Robb, Graham: Parisians (An Adventure History of Paris). Great insight(s) into Paris History that will change your perception of the place.
Schom, Alan: One Hundred Days
Wenzler, Claude : The Kings of France
Wolf: In Flanders Fields
Wason, David : Battlefield Detectives (Agincourt)
Weider, Ben; Hapgood, David : The Murder of Napoleon
(retrospective investigation into the cause of Napoleon's death - excellent details of the day to day existence of the French on St Helena)
Zamoyski, Adam : 1812 Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow (an absolute must-read - graphic descriptions of the fiasco from original sources!)
Johnson, Hugh: The international book of trees
Peterson R.T. et al: A Field Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe.
Not a Book but a MUST for lovers of France "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" - a Werner Herzog film in 3D. Chauvet Cave in southern France discovered in 1994 after being sealed for 20,000 years. Cave drawings which we commoners will never actually visit because of access limitations to keep them pristine.
Another "Must-See" Movie : Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris". Check out & research the list of historical characters .... get the Cole Porter music going!!!
Some with Historical background giving insight to events affecting France.
Aimee Leduc mysteries
1. Murder in the Marais (1999) setting(1993)
2. Murder in Belleville (2000) (Apr 1994)
3. Murder in the Sentier (2002)
4. Murder in the Bastille (2003) (Oct 1994)
5. Murder in Clichy (2005) (January 1995)
6. Murder in Montmartre (2006) (January 1995)
7. Murder on the Ile Saint-louis (2007) (1995)
8. Murder in the Rue de Paradis (2008) (summer 1995)
9. Murder in the Latin Quarter (2009) (1997)
10. Murder in the Palais Royal (2010) (1997)
11. Murder in Passy (2011) (November 1997)
12. Murder at the Lanterne Rouge (2012)
Crime series of 12 novels featuring Aimee Leduc - specialist in corporate security / computer systems and private eye. Action aplenty set in Paris during the 1990's (and the politics of the period). The complexities of political history, WW2, North Africa etc also colour the characters and the action.
Aimee is an interesting character: burdened with physical & mental scars of the death of her father (an ex-cop turned Private Eye) in a car bombing. Our heroine seems destined to get her body a little more mangled in each episode as the baddies in her life try to get rid of her! A Paris map helps understand the settings of the action & Google Earth street photos add interest.
Brooks, Peter: The Emperor's Body -
historical background: the exhumation in 1840 of Napoleon's body from St Helena, voyage to France; interment at Les Invalides. (love story but enough factual stuff to make it worthwhile reading. de p)
Brown: The Da Vinci Code
Cabasson, Armand: The Officer's Prey. Detective novel set in Poland. Hero is "Quentin Margont" a captain in Napoleon's army about to attack Russia in June 1812 - Murder investigation combined with details of the battlefield. Other titles: Wolf Hunt (1809, Austria); Memory of Flames (1814, Paris).
Colette, Sidonie Gabrielle (1873-1954)
Looking Backwards- recollections
The Other Woman
Journey For myself
Claudine in Paris
The Last of Cheri
Note: absolutely loved Michelle Pfeiffer in the 2009 English/German movie "Cheri" based on "Cheri" & "The Last of Cheri".
Cornwall, Bernard: “Sharp” Series of Napoleonic Battle Novels set in historic contxt Mostly Iberian Peninsula but some in France
De Maurier, Daphne: The Glass Blowers
Enrenburg, Ilya: The Fall of Paris
Forester, C.S. The Hornblower series of novels
Freeling, Nicolas: The French detective Henri Castang series
A Dressing of Diamond ©1974
The Bugles Blowing (What Are the Bugles Blowing For?) ©1975
Sabine (Lake Isle) ©1976
The Night Lords ©1978
Castang's City ©1980
The Back of the North Wind ©1983
No Part in Your Death ©1984
Cold Iron ©1986
Lady Macbeth ©1988
Not as Far as Velma ©1989
Those in Peril ©1990
Flanders Sky (The Pretty How Town) ©1992
The Seacoast of Bohemia ©1994
A Dwarf Kingdom ©1996
Gale, Iain : Four Days in June. (Novel- setting : Battle of Waterloo - events and characters)
Gallo, Max : Napoleon –The Song of Departure
Napoleon - The Sun of Austerlitz
Napoleon - The Emporer of Kings
Howard, Richard :Napoleonic battle novels series
Izner, Claude: "The Marais Assassin" murder mystery set in Paris in the 1890's. Series. "Izne is the nomdeplume of a couple of Paris lady booksellers
Parot, Jean-Francois : Series of 5 detective novels set in pre-revolutionary France (more to be translated into English). Hero is police commissioner, Nicolas Le Floch. Much reference to previous works in the series in each story so it is suggested books are read in order - The Châtelet Apprentice, 2007; The Man with the Lead Stomach, 2008; The Phantom of the Rue Royale, 2008; The Nicolas Le Floch Affair, 2009; The Saint-Florentin Murders, 2010. Author also interested in matters culinary so descriptions of late 18th century recipes are scattered through his works.
Read, Piers Paul : The Free Frenchman
Simenons, Georges :prolific novel and short story writer (over 400) (Maigret Detective novels)
Sagan, Francoise: Bonjour Tristess
Tournier, Michel : The Midnight Love Feast
The Golden Droplet
The Four Wise Men
Wheatley, Dennis : “Roger Brook” Novels set in historical context of French Revolution
The Launching of Roger Brook (1947) [covers events 1783-1787]
The Shadow of the Tyburn Tree (1948)[ 1788-Apr1789]
The Rising Storm (1949) [set Fr.,It.,Spain Nov 1789-Apr 1792]
The Man Who Killed The King (1951) [1792 - ]
Food & Drink
Alexander, Stephanie : Cooking & Travelling in South-west France ( one of Oz's most respected chefs gets out & does stuff)
Forbes, Leslie: A Table in Provence – Classic Recipes from the South of France
North, Justin: French Lessons (from chef of "Becasse", best restaurant in Sydney 2007).
O'Shea, Bernadette : Champagne & Chandeliers - Bernadette is a Brisbane-ite who won the prestigious "Vin de Champagne Award" in 1984. This book matches Famous People with Food and Champagne. Definitely worth having on your coffee table especially if you love Champagne (both the places & the product).
Pignolet, Damien : french (techniques from one of Oz's most respected chefs)
Wells, Patricia :Food Lover’s Guide to France
Wells, P: Food Lover’s Guide to Paris
Wells P : At Home in Provence
Womans Weekly series: French Cooking Made Easy
Buselle, Michael: The Wine Lover’s Guide to Burgundy
Busselle, Michael: Wine Lover’s Guide to Bordeaux & Cognac
Duijker, Hubrecht: Touring in Wine Country: Burgundy
Johnstone, Hugh & Robinson, Jansis : The World Atlas of Wine 2001 & now 2007)
Kladstrup, Don & Petie : Champagne
Mazzeo, Tilar J. : The Widow Clicquot - the story of a Champagne empire and the woman who ruled it.
Clarke, Stephen : Talk to the Snail :10 commandments for understanding the French
Gelber, Ethan : Cycling France (a Lonely Planet guide-ISBN: 9781741040449)
Group of authors: Walking in France (a Lonely Planet guide-ISBN:1 74059 243 3)
Fortescue, Lady (1888-1951): Sunset House
Jefferson, David : Through the French Canals
Levin, Bernard : From the Camargue to the Alps: a walk across France in Hannibal's footsteps, 2009, ISBN 1840247428)
McNair, W.A. : In Search of the Four Muskateers
Moreland, Myles : The man who broke out of the bank and went for a walk in France
McKnight, Hugh : The Shell Book of Inland Waterways (UK)
McKnight, Hugh : Cruising French Waterways
Mayle, Peter : A Year in Provence etc etc
Rosenblum, Mort: The Secret Life of the Seine (enough history and geography to please even non-boat owners!)
Somerville& Ross : In the Vine Country (Bordeaux)
Spencer, Brian: Walking in Provence (Bartholomew walking series)
Turnbull, Sara : Almost French
Cooper, Bill & Laurel: Waterships Through France
Darlington, Terry: Narrow Dog to Carcassonne
I have started reading several works from Australian, US & U.K. writers based on their French holidays or attempts to live in France and have chucked them in the bin after becoming bored to death by them. I suspect the fame of Peter Mayle promoted a lot of "wanna beeees" to pick up their pens and tell us all about how many baguettes they have eaten.
I'm big on orientation. Can't read about France without finding the places referred to on a map:
Michelin 1/200000 - 1cm= 2km series of "yellow" area maps (17 to cover whole of France). We take the ones we need - usually 2 at most. You may prefer them bound into a "Road Atlas".
Our latest Atlas: Michelin Atlas Routier France 2008. Includes 95 town maps, service stations on the autoroutes; fixed radar sites; and hotel locations. Usually weight conscious, we tend to leave the road atlas weighing 1.6 kilos at home. The individual maps weigh 80 grams each.
Numerous "free handout" maps of Paris.
"Le petit parisien" - THE complete map guide to Paris €6.50 at book shops - everything you need to navigate Paris streets, Metro , Buses, RER and more
Detailed Transport Map of Paris.
On my walls at home: 100cmx60cm Maps of the four most famous French wine producing areas: Champagne, Bourgogne, Bordeaux and Beaujolais.
To facilitate the esoteric interest of Canal Cruising we have a cache of Waterways Maps and Guides to use at home to plan the next adventure. Also a copy of the RYA published "European Waterways Regulations" which condenses the 144 page CEVNI Regulations into a manageable-sized handbook.
Access Press, Baedeker, Eyewitness, Fodor, Frommers, Insight, Michelin
The Michelin Regional Guides are superb.
My favourites & or most thumbed: Patricia Wells to find Regional Food Specialities and seasonal delicacies & the market days of towns most likely to be visited each trip. These days, a Google Search will supplement what are now quite dated publications ( been consulting 'em for 25 plus years).
Novel: Les Miserables, Victor Hugo. Read twice. Read section on Battle of Waterloo several times. Saw Musical. TV Series. 2013 The movie of the Musical starring a couple of Australians.... a must see fantastic!!!
Have photo copied pages from The World Atlas of Wine, Johnstone& Robinson to cover areas to be visited (not just for France but Italy,USA,NZ etc etc)
What's a visit to France without a chateaux or two?? Ina Caro - The Road from the Past: Traveling Through History in France - essential reading!
Much thumbed are French Canal magazines, Canal Guides and Charts.
We have a dozen or so box files to stow accumulated paper on stuff around the world. Five are dedicated to France: maps, paris, france, battle grounds, canals.
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