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The discovery of France (Picador classic edition)

By: Robb, Graham

Part of the Picador Classic series
1509803483 / 9781509803484
Paperback
944
25/02/2016
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England
20 cm xxvii, 454 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps
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Previous edition: 2007.

With an introduction by Colm Toibin. Ten years ago, I began to explore the country on which I was supposed to be an authority . . . France is a country famous for its intellectuals, its philosophers and writers, its fashion, food and wine. And yet the notion of 'the French' as one nation is relatively recent and - historically speaking - quite misleading.

In order to discover the 'real' past of France, Graham Robb realized it was not only necessary to go back in time, but also to go at a slower pace than modern life generally allows.

The Discovery of France, illuminating, engrossing and full of surprises, is the result of Robb's 14,000 mile journey across France on a bicycle. Winner of both the Duff Cooper and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prizes, The Discovery of France is a modern non-fiction classic, a literary exploration of a remarkable nation.

From maps and migration to magic, language and landscape, it reveals a France few will recognize. 'An extraordinary journey of discovery' Daily Telegraph'Robb's concise and fast-paced writing pedals along with never a dull paragraph . . . dazzling' Sunday Times

BIC:

1DDF France, HBJD European history, HBTB Social & cultural history, WTL Travel writing

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