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Books set in France? Suggestions welcome!

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Posted on 24 Oct 2012, 20:29:29 BST
A Martin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2012, 21:07:17 BST
Little frog says:
Alex - are you the author of this book??

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2012, 22:10:26 BST
A Martin says:
I admit I am!

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

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2012, 08:54:26 BST
A Martin 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.

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

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

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, 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. . .

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 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 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 12 Nov 2012, 14:45:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2012, 15:01:26 GMT
CECIL says:
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.

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.

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 27 Feb 2013, 13:47:34 GMT
TripFiction says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2015, 00:18:13 GMT
Oh yes - really funny!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2015, 00:19:23 GMT
Very drole - a good holiday read.

Posted on 11 Mar 2015, 06:37:09 GMT
Fencible says:
Barbar à la Ferme

Posted on 11 Mar 2015, 08:51:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2015, 08:53:30 GMT
Sombrio says:
If you have a taste for autobiographies, the three books below are amongst the most enjoyable and best written stories that I've ever come across of Brits starting a new life in France. For myself, knowing that the events in a plot that I've immersed myself into 'actually happened',.... somehow adds a depth to stories which can otherwise often seem insubstantial; a mere product of the author's creative imagination. Anyway, I can't imagine any person who loves books, (of whatever genre), not enjoying these tales :

(1) "A Harvest of Sunflowers" by Ruth Silvestre
(2) "A House in the Sunflowers: An English Family's Search for Their Dream House in France" by Ruth Silvestre
(3) "The Ripening Sun" by Patricia Atkinson

Posted on 7 Apr 2015, 16:10:05 BST
Mrj kibbler says:
'm also trying to locate a book written in German occupied France circa 1942, writer wheeled of to concentration camp ,murdered, manuscript discovered by descendant and published recently; Anyone know of this book title ?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2015, 19:17:32 BST
Sombrio says:
"Suite Francaise" by Irène Némirovsky.

It's just come out in a film recently. Should still be playing somewhere near you.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2015, 18:08:56 BST
Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2015, 18:13:29 BST
rinadistra says:
Peter May, the Enzo mysteries set in France. Love his mysteries set in the Lewis isles, his prose is divine

For historicals check Judith Merkle Riley, she set some of her books in France, I love her.

Another favorite is Sharan Newman, set in medieval France, very realistic, beautifully researched.

Posted on 17 Apr 2015, 11:56:18 BST
Handybird says:
The Alphonse Courrier Affair (Panther)

Posted on 2 Sep 2016, 13:17:23 BST
Natalie says:
Katie Cannes by Iza MacLeod - light hearted romantic fiction/chick lit mainly set on the Côte d'Azur.
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