Buy New

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
Price: £2.40

More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Metrostop Paris: History from the City's Heart [Paperback]

Gregor Dallas
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
RRP: £9.99
Price: £7.37 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. Details
You Save: £2.62 (26%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 25 Oct.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Paperback £7.37  

Book Description

19 Feb 2009

The name of every Parisian metro station tells a story. In Metrostop Paris Gregor Dallas recounts a series of extraordinary but true tales about the city as he leads his readers around the metro. Both the armchair traveller and the visitor wil enjoy an illuminating journey in the company of a compelling storyteller and veteran of the city.

The book includes visits to Paris catacombs at Hell's Gate, the literary cafés and old jazz cellars of Montparnasse and Saint-Germain-des-Pres and the seventeenth-century alleys of the Marais, along with trips to the Palais-Royal at the time of the Revolution and the world of opera during Claude Debussy's lifetime. Through the eyes of the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Dallas describes the German occupation of Paris during the Second World War and the intellectual wars that immediately followed. A visit to the futuristic Cit de la Science at La Villette prompts the story of the Marquis de Morés, the French cowboy and anti-semite, who was eventually murdered by tribesmen of the Sahara Desert in 1896. Outside the Jesuit church of Saint-Paul Dallas tells us about Gabriel de Montgomery, forgotten ancestor of Montgomery of Alamein, who accidentally killed his king just there and, after leading the Protestant armies against Catherine de Medicis, was executed on the Place de Grève. This exciting journey through time and space concludes at the Père Lachaise Cemetery with the unknown tale of Oscar Wilde's strange involvement in the Dreyfus Affair, the greatest legal scandal of all time.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Between 20-26 October 2014, spend £10 in a single order on item(s) dispatched from and sold by and receive a £2 promotional code to spend in the Amazon Appstore. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (19 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719560632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719560637
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


'Delightful...extremely interesting and informative history' (Irish Sunday Independent, Eddie Naughton)

'A fascinating history' (Mail on Sunday)

'Dallas has the voice of a true storyteller . . . He paints pictures . . . with adeptness, slipping in facts and quotes alongsie dramatic descriptions' (Sunday Times)

'Dallas breathes new life into familiar subjects . . . Metrostop Paris is as satisfying as a first-rate novel' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Part of the beauty of this original little book is that it's very easy to follow ... Dallas has unearthed some cracking stories, and writes about them well ... highly recommended' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Dallas's tour is a . . . tour de force, full of fascinating titbits, bubbling over with enthusiasm. It's a book for those who love Paris - and for those who don't yet realise that they do' (Scotsman)

'Easy-to-read paperback ... whether you're a history fan or simply want ot learn about the hidden side of one of the world's most iconic cities, this is the book for you' (France Magazine)

Book Description

A wonderful story of discovery around the delightful, intricate Paris metro

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The 'metro' theme in this book is actually just something of a conceit. Instead of giving a potted history of the origins of each metro station's name (which is what I wanted), Dallas chooses 12 stations as settings for a series of vignettes, some of which veer away from discussion of the city itself.

I thought that the writing tended a little too much toward biography. The chapter on Montparnasse, for example, develops into a discussion of the life and work of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle. The chapter on Trocadero is essentially a biography of Anais Nin; likewise the chapter on Opera focuses on the public and private life of Clause Debussy.

Evidently the author wanted to avoid writing 'just another book' about the architecture and urban development of Paris. What he does extremely well, however, is to weave the biography and urban history together in a way that successfully animates the city.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Hidden Paris! 9 Mar 2008
This book has revealed a completely different Paris to me. And I know Paris quite well. With great authority, Gregor Dallas shows us a Paris of medieval murkiness, revolutionary tales, scandalous liasons of the early thirties, and much more. He makes the streets talk. I can't wait until my next visit!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Metrostoppable 1 Nov 2009
A strange book, not quite what I expected but interesting if you read a chapter at a time. A mix of history and politics behind a dozen key points of Paris, by the means of a focus on the metro station now at that place. I could have done with more up to date history of the area around the metro station, but the historical details became more gripping. The writing style is a little dry but it still makes for some fascinating nuggets of information with which I am armed for my next foray to the French capital.Metrostop Paris: History from the City's Heart
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1.0 out of 5 stars Pompous and dull 15 Jun 2014
I live in Paris, and received this as a present.

From the first page it annoyed me, with the writer's assertion that nobody in Paris works on Mondays - I'm not sure what version of Paris the writer is living in, as Monday is a totally normal working day in the Paris I know.

The 'follow me now, gentle reader, and mind your step as you descend this cobbled street' tone really grated and I found it extremely patronising.

I was really interested in the bits that actually did depict Paris at different points in its history, but as another reviewer said it was written so wordily and heavily that it was difficult to digest and not very readable. And it seemed a very laborious and pointless task to link it all to the metro stops in question.

I gave up before the end. I'd prefer to read a more conventional potted history of Paris.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Language Problem 18 July 2009
I was very motivated to read this book. It is obviously packed full of facts either about Paris or entertainingly adjacent to that topic. However it is written in a very arch style. The needless complexity of the language put me off completely. I passed it to my wife to try and she gave up after a few pages for the same reason. I suggest you take a look at the text and try it before you purchase.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Was this review helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category