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France (AA Colours of...) [Hardcover]

Laurence Phillips
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15 Dec 2004 AA Colours of...
The Colours of...series takes you on a photographic journey through the streets of the world's greatest cities and through the landscapes of the world's most beautiful countries. But there is a key difference: you experience each place through a succession of key themes that distil its essence, creating a new and evocative approach to the world's great places.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Automobile Association (15 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749542373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749542375
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 25.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,377,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"A new travel book by Laurence Phillips is always a treat. A visit to cities like Paris and Lille without his appropriate guide is almost unthinkable. And he has done it again, with his usual delicious humour and gentle pace" So the FoodyTraveller.com welcomed the latest book from this favourite author.

Award-winning author, classroom poet and playwright, Laurence Phillips has been escaping to France since boyhood and has written many and varied books on France and the French. Hailed by British critics as a witty and entertaining enthusiast; in France, his appreciation of long lunches and longer dinners was recognised when he was honoured as a member of the Commanderie du Fromage Saint-Nectaire and a Squire of the Confrérie des Sacres de la Champagne (although for the latter citation he was inscribed as 'Madame Laurence Phillips', which quite possibly makes him a Dame).

The more enjoyable perks of being a high profile Francophile have included being co-opted as the token Shakespeare-loving Brit onto France's official heritage committee to decide the future of the Field of Agincourt upon St Crispin's Day.

Recently, he followed Robert Louis Stevenson's Travel with a Donkey in the Cevennes - Laurence's companion piece to the classic, hailed by Times Online as the best read for your holiday in France, retracing the route for travelers with a donkey, a dog or a dodgy hip!

Three-times winner of the prestigious GuideBook of the Year prize from the British Guild of Travel Writers for his love letter to Marseillan & Languedoc and the Bradt city guides to Lille and the Eurostar cities, he combines wanderlust with a love of theatre as playwright and songwriter, and has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

His stage work has clocked up more travel miles than the author, performed on four continents, from the West End to the South Pacific. He has also written plays for children and is author of the classroom favourite "Poetry is Boring".

Another book of verses has become part of the Passover seder night in many British homes. Crumbs from my Seder Plate is an affectionate humorous collection of poems in the style of AA Milne and Edward Lear that led one critic to declare "The sort of book that makes you want to hug your family!"

His has been a familiar voice on countless BBC radio travel and arts programmes with his very personal reflections on France and the French.

Laurence is currently working on Rue Britannia, a satirical tale of a British enclave in France.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A volume of memories 25 Feb 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is an unexpected pleasure. I picked up a copy of this book as a present for a friend. When I opened it, I decided to keep it for myself. I bought it for the pictures, which are brilliant and evoke so many memories of travelling in France. However, the words are what make this more than just another coffee table book. The author is obviously very much in love with France, and with its people. He includes descriptions of journeys through the regions of France, the simple pleasures of sitting at a cafe table and watching the world go by and buying, tasting and drooling over food. This paints even more vivid pictures in my memory of many wonderful holidays on my own and with my family. On this Amazon site I read that the author Lawrence Phillips has written other books on France and have now ordered his book on Lille ready for my next Channel hopping. Meanwhile, I can dip into the beautiful pages of this personal Tour de France. A delicious indulgent treat for Francophiles like me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Words and pictures but no food 18 Aug 2005
Format:Hardcover
I discovered this book after being won over by the author's delightfully informal and informative Bradt Guides to Lille and to Paris. As I had expected, Laurence Phillips' description of France and of the French is as evocative and affectionate as ever. He really is a complete francophile and his books convey this love of the country and the lifestyle. Unlike his guidebooks, this volume is lavishly ilustrated with great pictures of the sights and the diversity of the country. This is probably Phillips' love letter to France. A pity that a book this expensive does not include the author's usual tips and winks about the best places to eat and to visit and his customary suggestions of places to stay. My only quibbles are that this is really a coffee table book, too bulky for travelling and missing the essential information I look for when making the most of a trip to France. As a loyal reader of Laurence Phillips on France, I miss the foodie aspects of his Bradt Guides.
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