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The Book Lover's Guide to Paris (Paperback)

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By Emily Cope
Imprint: White Owl
Series: City Guides
Pages: 136
Illustrations: 120 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399001915
Published: 8th November 2022

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A must-have for every fan of literature and Paris. The Book Lover's Guide to Paris is an extensive and informative travel companion, shedding new light on an ever-popular subject and spanning three centuries of the city's unique literary history, from Victor Hugo's Paris to the Lost Generation literati and present-day works such as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Including unique, full-colour photographs to reveal the settings readers have imagined in their favourite books, as well as insights into the lives, literature, haunts and homes of some of the world's best writers. This guide will enable book lovers to explore the abundance of literary history Paris has to offer, as well as making the most of the city itself.

I am a huge Paris lover so this book was right up my alley. Made me want to book a future trip to the City of Lights again. Would definitely recommend this book!

NetGalley, Cynthia Troncquo

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

There are few things I love more than Paris AND reading and then this book comes along and merges two of my favorite things (cue the music).

This wonderful project is part informative, part history lesson, part guidebook in one big love letter to lovers of literature. Taking us through the streets of Paris to famous and off the beaten path bookstores, places of interest, and simply a lesser traveled route, The Book Lovers Guide to Paris not only helps a first time visitor see the city, but for anyone who's been, it's with a new perspective and appreciation.

I absolutely want to book my ticket to put this book to good use.

NetGalley, Patricia Fischer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

As a book lover and travel enthusiast, I would highly recommend "The Book Lover's Guide to Paris" by Emily Cope. This book is an extensive and informative travel companion that is perfect for anyone interested in the literary history of Paris. The guide spans three centuries of Parisian literary culture and covers writers like Victor Hugo and Dan Brown, providing readers with a comprehensive look into the lives, literature, haunts, and homes of some of the world's best writers.

One of the things that impressed me the most about this guide is how well the author captured the essence of Paris through her writing. Her descriptions are vivid and engaging, and the full-color photographs are breathtaking and perfectly capture the spirit and atmosphere of the city. With this guide, readers can immerse themselves in the world of Parisian literature and feel like they are walking in the footsteps of their favorite writers.

But this guide is not just informative and entertaining; it is also full of practical information that will make it easy for book lovers to explore the abundance of literary history Paris has to offer. The author has included useful tips on everything from visiting bookstores and literary landmarks to exploring the city's café culture. With this guide in hand, readers can create their own literary itinerary and make the most of their time in Paris.

Whether you're planning a trip to Paris or just want to learn more about the city's literary heritage, "The Book Lover's Guide to Paris" is an excellent choice. The author's passion for literature and travel shines through on every page, making this guide a delightful and informative read that is sure to satisfy any book lover's wanderlust. Highly recommended!

NetGalley, Eliza Burmistre

A great travel compendium if you want to travel like your literature heroes. You can find lots of hidden gems of places to visit to follow in their footsteps and some brilliant discoveries to enjoy.

NetGalley, Sara Gibson

4 out of 5

This book is, to quote the author, a labour of love. Her journey to prepare the book sounds fascinating and almost a life mission. She seeks to record the authors inspired to write by the city of Paris.

With lovely photographs throughout, that will help you identify the locations discussed, this book is colourful and informative and is such a lovely small size that it is easy to take with you as you explore Paris.

The book is also an inspiration for reading material, especially as it explains the backdrop and some of the things which inspired the titles mentioned. I also learned some fascinating details about the authors included.

Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Emile Zola, Ernest Hemingway and others are included. Modern books set in Paris are discussed. There is a section of bookshops and libraries, together with recommendations of where to stay.

I think that this would be an interesting companion book for someone visiting Paris and could be used as a way of planning a visit around the city.

Amazon Customer, Jayne

Paris is is is the city of love and a city that has been home to many authors over the years and is the setting to many books, romance or not. Some of its famous residents include Victor Hugo, Oscar Wild and Alexandre Dumas.

I haven’t been to Paris for years but reading this made me really ready to go back. The full of places to visit and things to see and tips for travelers along with so facts and pieces of information about authors lives and the books they wrote. It’s a fabulous and intriguing read for book lovers who know Paris and those who don’t, those planning to visit and those happy to stay at home.

NetGalley, Emily Chapman

It’s a fabulous and intriguing read for book lovers who know Paris and those who don’t, those planning to visit and those happy to stay at home.

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The Book Lover’s Guide to Paris has got everything a budding bibliophile could ever need.

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Accessible, digestible and pretty much pocket sized, this is a great guide for any travelling bibliophile!

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Thoroughly researched and easy to read, this guide is exactly what you need to help you explore the streets of Paris.

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This is an easy to read guide with lots of information about bookish people associated with Paris, locations to visit with address details.

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I highly recommend this to anyone travelling to, thinking of visiting or like myself, forever dreaming of Paris. It’s more than the usual travel guide, it’s a portal to another time and place.

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The book was informative, interesting and I loved how it gave you the address and telephone to any place it recommended. It was filled with any information a book lover would need!

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Every time I picked up "The Book Lover's Guide to Paris", I was whisked away, and learned something new about Paris, literature, and I simply could not put this book down!

Emily Cope is such an incredible writer, and I was truly hooked from the first page of this book to the last! I can only imagine the amount of research she must have done, and I found this book intriguing, engaging, and truly unique.

This book is so full of history from various time periods, literary references and facts, photographs, and information related to literature in one way or another. As a book lover, I absolutely loved it, and would so love to see this become a series focusing on different locations throughout the world!

I highly recommend this book!

NetGalley, Ashley Maimes

I will always pick up anything and everything pertaining to Paris. I love that this gives a personalized insight to the best that the city has to offer. I hope to use this one day

NetGalley, Tammy Conatser

The Book Lover’s Guide to Paris is the perfect guidebook for literary buffs looking to explore all Paris has to offer in that regard. Well laid out with plenty of photographs and maps and choked full of information on such greats as Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Marcel Proust, and many more. Plus, there is an entire chapter dedicated to bookshops and biblioteques (libraries). As well as a short chapter on places to stay. This will definitely be coming with me when I visit Paris!

NetGalley, The Sassy Bookworm

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a great short guide to literary greats in relation to Paris and the places associated to these writers. From where to eat, drink and stay, all key locations are covered. There is a nice review of bookshops as well and who frequented which. I completely enjoyed every page and can't wait to go visit the places I haven't already been to.

NetGalley, Melanie Batista

A fantastic guide to help me navigate my weekend away to Paris in 2023!

NetGalley, Nadine Rizvi

As featured in 'A literature-lover's tour of the City of Light'.

Jersey Evening Post

Part travel guide, part history book, part love-letter to reading and literature. Lovely essays about all three topics intertwined, accompanied by photographs, both of which make you want to visit Paris and run out to your local bookshop right now. C'est magnifique.

NetGalley, Beth Borman

The guidebook is divided into thematic chapters which lead adventurous bibliophiles to landmarks which were either mentioned in, or were contemporaneous with works of literature from Victor Hugo through the current day. There's also a solid chapter on bookstores and libraries as well as where to stay. The book is enhanced throughout with full colour clear photographs which are annotated. Many of the entries also include contact information for relevant destinations which will help during planning and execution of book themed trips to Paris.

Four stars. Well written and useful guide.

NetGalley, Annie Buchanan

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous guidebook to Paris through the lens of a reader. Broken down by period, the book provides information on sites important to literature, as well as information about the authors and their lives. My main takeaway from this book: to force himself to write, Victor Hugo would give his clothes to his servants and tell them not to return them to him until he'd stopped procrastinating. I should perhaps try this.

NetGalley, Susan Illis

If you’re a fan of Paris, literature, art, history, or travel, you’ll probably enjoy this book. It was a lovely little literary adventure that made me desperately want to go back to France in the near future and that gave me plenty of ideas for what to do when I’m there.

NetGalley, Risa Hlymbicky

If you are a book lover who also loves Paris, then this book is a must have! Covering all the writers from Victor Hugo on, one could spend days just traveling from site to site. Nicely photographed, full of details, and bursting with little known facts about the authors. I will definitely be taking a copy along on my next Paris trip! Who knows, maybe it will ignite something in me and I will become a famous author too!

NetGalley, Randal White

As featured in 'France: 10 best spots for book lovers in Paris, from Victor Hugo’s house to Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bar'.

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I want to go all these places now! I haven’t heard of most of the places listed so it was so very neat to read the history of them all. The pictures are so cool.

NetGalley, Joni Owens

A great guide to literary sights throughout Paris. This wee book takes you through the different ages of parisiene literature and picks out famous writers from each era, linking them to areas associated with them and their works. There are plenty of pictures throughout with website and addresses details for the locations mentioned. The guide also contains details of literary hotels, bookshops and libraries, as well as a suggested reading list of Paris themed books. A great resource for a booklovers visit to Paris!

NetGalley, Laura MacNeil

The author rounds things out with travel tips, including hotels, restaurants and bars either mentioned in books or frequented by authors mentioned in the guide. My favorite part was the section near the end on bookshops and libraries - this is the first time I've seen a compilation of these, and it's great.

NetGalley, Susanne LB

The book itself was easy to read and provided information in an approachable way. I liked that that the information on how to reach the locations was really clear. It added a few spots to my list to visit the next time I’m in Paris.

NetGalley, Kathryn Cox

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A great guidebook to literary spots across Paris. Some of the spots are places mentioned in books while others are places that were significant to or frequented by authors. A great, different guidebook!

NetGalley, Christine Piepmeier

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a great gift for any book lover or francophile, or anyone who loves to travel! A fresh new look at the city of Paris from a book lover's perspective.

NetGalley, Gabrielle Kotkov

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A great guide book for those who love Paris and books, and are looking for some unique bookish places explore. I hope to spend a few weeks in Paris in the upcoming few years and would love to have a copy of this to help me explore the city !

NetGalley, J Goktalay

What a great idea for a book!

It combines two of my greatest loves, books and travel!

The author provides an interesting and informative guide about the City of Lights, focusing on its celebrated history housing some of the most literary notables who have lived, loved, and struggled in Paris.

Ms. Cope lists the favorite cafes and restaurants literary notables like Colette, Hugo, and Fitzgerald held lively discussions in (most of which still remain though under new ownership and new names).

You can even book a hotel room where some of the authors once lived in!

This is a great guide for book lovers looking to explore Paris' literary history, following in the footsteps of some of the greatest writers in recent history.

NetGalley, Elaine L

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

If you are a book lover planning a trip to Paris or an armchair traveler, this book is for you! The reader steps into lives of many famous authors, Dumas, Hugo, Wilde, Proust, Hemingway (to name a few), visits their haunts and their homes and the inspiration behind some of their greatest works. Beautiful photographs and wonderful tidbits of trivia enhance their story and that of the world imagined when reading their books.
There are several chapters highlighting bookshops and book stalls to visit (Shakespeare & Co for example) and places to stay that would be a bibliophiles dream when in Paris.
Emily Cope offers the reader a glorious experience in the pages of this book. Having visited Paris and some of the places mentioned, she captures the ambiance and character of what it was like to ‘be there’. I was charmed and delighted to visit Paris again and loved this visit as well.

NetGalley, Susan Derbacher

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The best of books and the best of Paris equals perfection! Gave me so much to consider and do. Loved it and highly recommend.

NetGalley, Honoree Corder

This is a lovely guide to Paris for book-lovers, which you should read before you go. Emily Cope provides a list of some of the best books set in Paris, such as The Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Paris Wife.

NetGalley, Lisa Sanderson

For those who love both French writers and writers connected with Paris this book is a guide to the places those writers worked, lived, and ate. This book includes writers from Dumas all the way to more modern writers like the Golden Age writers or the early 20th century including Hemingway. This is a very specialized guide. What is nice is that many of the cafes mentioned now have different names so Cope points out what they are now and if they still specialize in the same food items that these writers would have eaten.

NetGalley, Jennie Cole

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really loved this, it's full of so many interesting facts about the authors who lived and worked in Paris or authors who used Paris as inspiration for their writing. The traveler's tips were a nice touch as well but I especially loved the last 2 sections about the best bookshops and bibloteques as well as places to stay.
I will definitely be buying myself a hard copy of this book as well as recommending it to friends.

NetGalley, georgina wyatt

This book provides a helpful overview of literary eras over the last several centuries, from the 1800s to present day, and includes short biographies of each author covered--along with fun did-you-know trivia, tourist info (likely worth confirming, as ever, before going in person!), and of course, beautiful photography. The author skillfully sets each element in both its historical and literary places, connecting dots I'd not thought or been aware of prior. (Notably, the Harlem Renaissance comes to mind; who knew it had Parisian connections? Not me, until now!)

I'm familiar with m any of the authors by name, but often do not know much (if anything) about their works--so particularly enjoyed the synopses of their more well-known works, which either prompted me toward or helped me decide to steer clear of them. :D Some were a bit colorful for my taste, and it's nice to know that now, via this read!

My favorite part was the section near the end on bookshops and biblioteques--I will never not go inside a bookstore, and love knowing where key ones are ahead of time!

NetGalley, Meagan Davenport

I am planning on traveling to Paris next year and being an avid reader this book really whet my appetite for the literary Paris. The feeling of the bohemian lifestyles and literary salons comes through in the book covering authors who lived in Paris. Photos and information of the current locations where they lived or socialized or are buried along with synopsis of each author was well detailed . From Victor Hugo to today’s bookstores I highly recommend this book travel with you if you are as curious as I am to see these literary destinations.

NetGalley, Katie Miller

I found this book an interesting take on an amazing city. I have been to Paris numerous times and even been to several of the places mentioned in the book. I have never thought to connect them to such famous authors. That made them seem even more fascinating. The book sparked my interest in pursuing some of the classics mentioned in the descriptions. I want to thank Netgalley for the chance to read this book. It was of particular interest to me as I have another trip to Paris coming up and plan to now incorporated this book into my sightseeing.

NetGalley, cynthia moore

A lovely little guide that you can use when travelling to Paris to sight see all the places that inspired those famous works of fiction.

NetGalley, Stephanie Humphreys

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is essential reading for anyone wanting to visit The City of Lovers for their next holiday!

NetGalley, Sophie Crane

I really enjoyed this informative and knowledgeable book about the many literary connections that Paris is famous for. It has inspired me to return to Paris. Well written and enthusiastic.

NetGalley, Sue Burnside

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A fun and informative book with wonderful colorful pictures. It includes recommendations of things to do and where to stay. A must have for any bookworm planning a trip to Paris.

NetGalley, Rebeca Ferreira

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful travel book companion! Will definitely buy on a future trip to Paris. So much info about authors, places, and books! written in an entertaining way, not just facts, facts, facts. And the color pictures definitely livened up the book as well. Must buy!

NetGalley, Connie Kim

As a travel lover, and also as a bookworm, every content about the two subjects draws my attention strongly. And to mention that this book is about one of most famous cities of the world, is doesn't take much make me want to check it out. It was pretty interesting to get to know a little more about the French famous names of Literature Like Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Simone Beauvoir and many more on, and How Can We recognise some of their inspirations walking around the places of the Parisian setting... I had an incredible moment between these pages, after all, Paris is Always a Good Idea! Good Job!

NetGalley, Heloiza Silva

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A fun and informative travel guide featuring famous France writer’s and poets, their famous works, the beautiful places they lived and worked, the restaurants they frequented. I loved the section where some of the latest and greatest novels set in Paris are listed along with beautifully photographed scenic spot suggestions to enjoy your reading experience.

NetGalley, Melissa Borsey

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I can't wait to visit Paris! This book is so beautiful with its photos and its detailed descriptions of places that were central to famous authors' lives and writing. Addresses for the key locations are included so this can definitely be used as a travel book. There is also a great section at the end on many of the bookstores in Paris. I have been to Paris many times but have never found a book like this. I plan to take this book with me to Paris and visit the sites, eat at the restaurants mentioned and even try out a hotel or two. I highly recommend this book!

NetGalley, Ann Manikas

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was such an interesting read that any booklover would love. I have previously read The Book Lover's Guide to London and I loved it and this was just as good. I cannot wait to find out more about and visit some of the places in this book.

NetGalley, Aria Harlow

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"The Book Lover's Guide to Paris" by Emily Cope is a wonderful way to armchair travel to Paris. Over the course of ten chapters, Cope provides the reader with a wealth of information geared especially to bibliophiles, of which I am one.

As I read the book, lots of interesting facts jumped out at me, which include the following:
1. Victor Hugo was an extremely prolific writer (8 novels, 18 poetry volumes, 11 plays) and he loved interior design;
2. Alexandre Dumas built 2 homes, one named after a book title -- The Count of Monte Cristo -- and the other after the prison in the book -- Chateau d'If;
3. Marcel Proust is considered one of the greatest authors of all time and was greatly influenced by British authors (i.e. Charles Dickens & George Eliot);
4. Oscar Wilde - famous for his writing; infamous for being tried & convicted for being homosexual (that's what it boils down to, regardless of the case's details);
5. Zelda Fitzgerald was christened by her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, "the first American flapper";
6. the Harlem Renaissance didn't just happen in NYC, but also in Paris;
7. Jean-Paul Sartre was the first person ever to decline the Nobel Prize.

What I particularly appreciated: the last three chapters listed the names of books, bookstores, book stalls, and places to stay -- all of which would appeal to book lovers. Cope also included beautiful images, interesting tidbits, and traveling tips, all of which designed to make the reader want to visit Paris for an extended stay. If that was her goal, then she succeeded overwhelmingly.

NetGalley, Mariama Thorlu-Bangura

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Book Lover's Guide to Paris by Emily Cope is a delightful travel guide that highlights points of interest from writer's and their works plus a nice section on bookshops.

As attractive as this is, it is first and foremost a guide for travelers, so the photography is a mix of picturesque and functional. Many focus on doors or plaques that will be essential in easily finding what you're looking for. If you thought this was a coffee table book and expected lush photography instead of useful pictures, well, read the book description or even, alas, the title.

I don't know if I will ever get back to Paris, but this is one guide I want with me if I do. Information here includes a lot I didn't know about some of the places I visited in the past, so even revisiting those places will be worthwhile. Plus all the locations I was unaware of would make for a great trip.

The works and writers included cover a wide range and includes many new and popular books. The descriptions explain why they are included so no one who reads the book should be confused about why each is included, even if it is only because the first action in the book takes place there.

Highly recommended for armchair travelers who might have toured Paris in the past and those who plan to visit sometime in the future.

NetGalley, Jack Messer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a beautiful book.

If you're like me and love Paris and books, this is a must read.

A well written book about famous Parisian authors and the places they write about in their books.

Such a great find for a Paris book nerd like me.

NetGalley, Jenny Mcquillan

I have always loved reading, and have been fascinated by Paris. I really enjoyed this book, the pictures are great, I so wished I was their. Museum's, churches, shops, and homes, so much I want to see and do.

NetGalley, Sheila Treacy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

WHAT a treasure! I'll be purchasing a copy in print for my shelves so I can visit it again, and again, and again.

NetGalley, Kaye Barley

The Book Lover’s Guide to Paris is like a traditional guidebook but with the focus being on writers or books and characters that are set in the city. It includes major sights like the Louvre, Notre Dome to more minor locations like bars and bookshops. I was happy to see many locations I’ve visited and added new spots for my next stay. The book sections include: Victor Hugo’s Paris, Great French Writers of the 19th Century, Writers of La Belle Epoque, (Oscar) Wilde About Paris, The Lost Generation, The Harlem Renaissance, Post-War Paris, and Writers of Today.

Beautiful photographs help showcase places mentioned. I like that it includes brief information about the authors it spotlights. I learned tidbits I didn’t know. It also lets you know if places are still accessible or if a plaque marks a spot where someone once lived. I don’t know that I need to sleep in a hotel room where someone once lived or drink in a bar where Hemingway and Fitzgerald drank but it’s fun to know you can. This is very easy reading and informative.

NetGalley, Kaye Cox

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I recently visited Paris for the first time and can't wait to go back, especially after reading this book.

This book touches on the writing influence throughout history. Famous writers like Victor Hugo and Simone De Beauviour. It lists bookstores like Shakespeare and Co. (amazing shop) and places to see that were inspired by or inspired books like Eglise Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis or Monte Cristo. Some of these places I wouldn't have tied to literature, but this book does a wonderful job doing so. It includes address and travel tips such as what trains/metros to take.

This book has given me so many new places to add to me list on our next visit. It has given me a new perspective on Paris and my love for reading.

NetGalley, Ashley Pennington

About Emily Cope

Emily Cope is a journalist, having been published in The iThe Independent and The Telegraph. She has also penned travel guides for Jersey and Paris, as well as a handy companion to Spain's Camino de Santiago.

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