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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 13:47:34 GMT
TripFiction says:
Books set in France here: and if you want specific books set in the South then look no further than here:'Azur) Have fun choosing your title!!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 17:42:25 GMT
Loved this book, a perfect mix of humour and clever banter..... The film was awful!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 17:40:46 GMT
Labrynthe by Kate Mosse, I really enjoyed this. Set around the villages of the south of France towards the Pyrenees. It's in that sultry, hinting at something mystical and supernatural theme like chocolat.

Posted on 12 Nov 2012 14:45:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2012 15:01:26 GMT
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Alexander Fullerton's novel, "INTO THE FIRE". ISBN: 0751518077

It's the first in a series of historical novels. In this particular book, "it is the summer of 1943, and Rosie Ewing is leaving on her second mission to German-occupied France. She's a Special Operations Executive agent and a radio operator. Her brief is to set up a new network in Rouen, where the one agent still at large is suspected of having betrayed his colleagues. She's to be dropped off by a gunboat in a remote cove on the Brittany coast. She then has to get to Paris by train, carrying forged papers, a radio transceiver, and more than a million francs in cash. Terrifyingly vulnerable, she knows the dangers of a second's carelessness and the consequences of crumbling under the force of Gestapo torture."

I read this book a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Fullerton knows the material and uses it very well.

Posted on 11 Nov 2012 16:06:19 GMT
The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa is mostly set in Paris, and one of my favourites. I reviewed it for Bookbag back in the day.

Posted on 10 Nov 2012 15:44:23 GMT
monica says:
Of books that give a sense of France rather than simply being set there the best I know is The Discovery of France, which is non-fiction. The best novel that does is Small Lives. A couple that give a feeling of Provence are Monsieur (FF Classics), part of The Auvignon Quintet and one that somehow never gets mentioned when post-modern writing is discussed and The Murdered House, a crime novel but an atmospheric one. Hope you enjoyed your holiday.

Posted on 9 Nov 2012 23:59:57 GMT
The Imperfect Tense beautiful coming of age story set in North West France after the war

Posted on 9 Nov 2012 22:31:04 GMT
monica says:
Alexx, I posted my comment on a review of that book and returned here to find your admission. I'd be proud of myself except that even Watson could have guessed that, never mind Holmes. There's a certain naive charm in those ' wow, 5 stars!!!' comments I had first thought made ironically by someone named Alexx who'd also copped on to the unlikelihood of such rave reviews, but the whole thing looks suspect. Perhaps you should in those comments use the real spelling of your name and advise your mates to evaluate the book fairly. Certainly you should ask them to refrain from unfairly slamming and downvoting the one review that I feel sure is objective.

Good of you to 'fess up, though--cheers for that. . .

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 18:45:05 GMT
Vargas is not a chap!. Thy are excellent.

Posted on 9 Nov 2012 17:41:49 GMT
Little frog says:
Try Broke the Grapes Joy by Patrick Hilyer. Hope you enjoy!

Posted on 25 Oct 2012 17:38:15 BDT
Try Joanne Harris. Love her books. Five Quarters Of The Orange for example.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2012 08:54:26 BDT
Alexx says:
sorry if I've caused offence by listing my own book. Just trying to make a living! And it does lend itself to this question perfectly.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2012 22:16:05 BDT
gille liath says:
Getting like Invasion of the Body Snatchers around here, isn't it?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2012 22:10:26 BDT
Alexx says:
I admit I am!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2012 21:07:17 BDT
Little frog says:
Alex - are you the author of this book??

Posted on 24 Oct 2012 20:29:29 BDT
Alexx says:
The Twisted Vine
This novel is set in France in the 1980s when Roxanne, escaping a disastrous relationship, seeks escape in France, picking grapes. She runs from the frying pan into the fire when she meets Armand. She also finds love, friendship, adventure and becomes an amateur detective in a dynastic plot amongst the vines. Based on real hands-on experience of grapepicking this is a twisted plot with rich characterisation and wonderful descriptions of scenery. It has received lots of 5* reviews and has been v popular in the States as well as the UK. If you want to indulge in French food, wine, scenery and escape into an involved tale of family intrigue, then look no further.

Posted on 24 Oct 2012 17:28:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Oct 2012 17:46:43 BDT
The Twisted Vine here's my review of this book:

I feel like I've been on holiday!
What a juicy twist of a gastronomic tale. A Twisted Vine reminded me of that wonderful novel A Year in Provence; but then add in a thoroughly modern heroine in Roxanne, a few foreign escapades and a rotten Frenchman, and voila!
Alex Martin writes incredibly well, and her descriptions of rural France are divine. They infiltrate through the story like little pockets of colour, painting the scene so perfectly, as did the food and wine. It appealed to all my senses.
Our female character has plenty of guts, setting off as she does to go grape picking around France, and the author knows her subject well, which makes for insightful reading with the kind of detail that sets the book apart from the usual run of the mill romance. Not only does the plot and the setting carry the romantic gene but it holds up as a light crime/drama at the same time, and there are some well drawn, believable characters.
If you like France and grown up romance with all the food and wine you can consume then get stuck in to The Twisted Vive. A truly wonderful slice of rather classy escapism. I really enjoyed every morsel.

Posted on 20 Oct 2012 20:44:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Oct 2012 20:44:54 BDT
cm247 says:
I love "My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle: Marcel Pagnol's Memories of Childhood", set in Provence. And there's Carol Drinkwater's "The Olive Farm",  and its sequels, about buying and renovating a farm in the south of France.

Posted on 20 Oct 2012 13:35:29 BDT
Little frog says:
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C Morais is worth a read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Posted on 20 Oct 2012 08:44:15 BDT
Much of Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum is set around Paris. One of my favourite books.

I read a lot of French fiction, but I'm always a bit vague about what's actually been translated into English, and what the titles would be. Maupassant's short stories are pretty fab though, as someone else recommended.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2012 08:39:27 BDT
Little frog says:
Alison - thanks for the "reminder" about this lovely book - The Greengage Summer. I also loved it, but have not re-read it for many years - will do so again now. Many thanks for the very timely reminder.

Posted on 19 Oct 2012 23:04:30 BDT
Alison 46 says:
Rumer Godden - The Greengage Summer - the best ever book about France (Northern France). I read it once per year and have done for the last 25 odd years!

Posted on 19 Oct 2012 19:28:28 BDT
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Posted on 16 Jul 2012 12:38:21 BDT
TheParisien says:
The Piano Shop On The Left Bank: The Hidden World of a Paris Atelier by T E Carhart.

It doesnt sound very inviting but it is is the best book about Paris i have ever read.

Posted on 16 Jul 2012 12:20:23 BDT
A. Newbery says:
Thank you all for taking the time to give your wonderful recommendations! I always prefer to get recommendations as opposed to just simply googling as people always recommend some hidden gems. I downloaded 'Room' the other day which is proving very dark so looking forward to finishing and downloading samples of all your suggestions (and visiting some second hand bookshops). Thanks again all, much appreciated :)
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