Introduction by Stephen Clarke, author of A Year in the Merde
'An attractive-looking list of destination-based literature anthologies... The Paris volume contains a great range of writers, from Joanne Harris to Irene Nemirovsky, Hans Christian Anderson to Edmund White. With thematic chapters headed 'Le Menu' and 'Sex in the City,' there should be something for everyone - an ideal gift' - Travel Bookseller 'An inviting new series of travel guides which collects some of the best writing on European cities to give a real flavour of the place ... Such an idee formidable, it seems amazing that it hasn't been done before' - Editor's Pick, The Bookseller 'Brilliant ... the best way to get under the skin of a city. The perfect read for travellers and book lovers of all ages' - Kate Mosse, bestselling author of Sepulchre 'An essential guidebook ... It maps the Paris of the imagination beautifully' - Kate Muir, bestselling author of Left Bank 'Francophiles may wish to check out this guide to your favourite locations in Paris. Gain intimate knowledge of the best places to visit from the comfort of your armchair and find out where to find the best hot chocolate in all of Paris' - Joanne Harris website 'A great and eclectic set of writings ... an original book on Paris' - Sylvia Whitman, Shakespeare & Co, Paris 'It's terrific ... all the best writing on this complex city in one place' - Professor Andrew Hussey, author of Paris: The Secret History 'The ideal book for people who don't want to leave their minds at the airport' - Celia Brayfield, author of Deep France 'I really love the idea ... short pieces that capture the essence of a place' - Orna Ross, author of A Dance in Time 'It is a brilliant idea, and I'm quite sure that every title in the series will fly off the shelves' - Janelle McCulloch, author of La Vie Parisienne 'Fiction writers take to the streets - writers such as Joanne Harris and Kate Mosse will be tour guides to some of Europe's most popular destinations in a new series of books from travel publisher Oxygen Books' - The Bookseller 'city-lit Paris is a lot of fun. The selections are short and grouped roughly according to topic. Their brevity gives the reader a sense of picking a truffle off a plate on a nicely set table ... The joy and, I think the purpose of this book is to surprise the reader with a wonderful and unexpected pleasure - and to offer many points of view' - Bonjour Paris 'A trim little paperback with some new voices like Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and a hilarious introduction by Stephen Clarke. The excerpts are well chosen and easy to read while travelling, and of course the really good ones make me want to read more' - Secrets of Paris 'Understanding a place usually means understanding its history and its rapidly changing present. What you need is a really great guide like city-lit Paris - not just where to stay and eat, but a guide that explores how others have answered that question' - Super Chef 'This is the unique Paris city break travel guide - for the real flavour of Paris ... over 70 extraordinary writers provide the perfect Paris' Parler Paris 'So you've been to the Louvre, Montmartre and the Champs Elysees but do you know the real Paris? Naturally a city such as this cannot be discovered within the pages of just one book, but a new publication succeeds in bringing France's capital to life in quite a different way. city-lit Paris is an anthology of studies and extracts about the City of Light from some occasionally unlikely sources. In his foreword to the book, Stephen Clarke, author of A Year in the Merde, says of Paris: "It just feels unique as if everything you do, from buying underwear to chewing a hunk of baguette is somehow more stylish because you're doing it in Paris." A sentiment with which most of those quoted would probably concur.' - Open Road, Winter 09
Heather Reyes is a highly respected editor and novelist.
"I love Paris...", 1; Bill Bryson Neither here nor there: travels in Europe; Janelle McCulloch La Vie Parisienne; Marie Darrieussecq 'I love Paris'; Michael Sadler An Englishman in Paris; Ernest Hemingway A Moveable Feast; T.E.Carhart The Piano Shop on the Left Bank; Adam Gopnik Paris to the Moon; Edmund White Le Flaneur; Sarah Turnbull Almost French: a new life in Paris; Raymond Queneau Zazie in the metro; Guy de Maupassant 'The Nightmare'; Le menu, 18; Janelle McCulloch La Vie Parisienne; Gertrude Stein Paris France; Edmond de Goncourt Pages from the Goncourt Journal; Agnes Catherine Poirier Touche; Adam Gopnik Paris to the Moon; Jeremy Mercer Books, Baguettes, and Bedbugs; Alex Hapranos Sound Bites; Colette Rossant Return to Paris; Stephen Downes Paris on a Plate; Stella Duffy 'Un bon repas doit commencer avec la faim' in Paris Noir; Stephen Clarke A Year in the Merde; W. Scott Haine The World of the Paris Cafe; Georges Perec Life: A user's Manual; Agnes Catherine Poirier Touche; Michael Booth Sacre Cordon Bleu; Sex in the city, 38; Colette Claudine in Paris; Stephen Clarke A Year in the Merde; Jim Hankinson and Paul Bahn The Bluffer's Guide to Paris; Kate Muir Left Bank; Marcel Proust In Search of Lost Time; Peter Abelard Historia Calamiatum; Julio Cortazar Hopscotch; Jennifer Cox Around the World in 80 Dates; Colette The Vagabond; High hopes... and hard times, 56; Julian Barnes Metroland; Walter Schwarz The Perfect Occupation; Adam Thorpe...Debauchery', in The Time Out Book of Paris Short Stories; Jean Rhys Quartet; George Orwell Down and Out in Paris and London; John Williams 'New Shoes', in Paris Noir; Jeremy Mercer Books, Baguette and Bedbugs; Sparkle Hayter 'Deus ex Machina', in Paris Noir; Julian Green Paris; Shusha Guppy A Girl in Paris; Simone de Beauv Memoirs of a dutiful daughter; Honore de Balzac Lost Illusions; Michael Sadler An Englishman in Paris; Jan Morris In Europe; Location, location..., 81; Joanne Harris The Lollipop Shoes; T. E. Carhart The Piano Shop on the Left Bank; Jeremy Mercer Books, baguettes and Bedbugs; T. E. Carhart The Piano Shop on the Left Bank; Louis Aragon Paris Peasant; Jean Cocteau Les Enfants Terribles; Claude Izner Murder on the Eiffel Tower; Julian Green Paris; Juan Goytisolo Forbidden Territory; Louis Aragon Paris Peasant; Catherine Sanderson 'My love affair with Belleville'; Jean Rhys After Leaving Mr McKenzie; Abdelkader Djemai Gare du Nord; Claude Izner The Pere-Lachaise Mystery; Sarah Turnbull Almost French; Parisians - famous and not so famous, 106; Gustave Flaubert Sentimental Education; Gustave Flaubert Bouvard and Pecuchet; Muriel Barbery The Elegance of the Hedgehog; Faiza Guene Just like tomorrow; Gertrude Stein The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas; Peter Ackroyd The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde; Heather Reyes Zade; Paul Verlaine Confessions of a Poet; William Wiser The Twilight Years: Paris in the 1930s; Jacqueline Rose Albertine; Julian Green Paris; Cities of the dead, 127; Andrew Hussey Paris: The Secret History; Claude Izner The Pere-Lachaise Mystery; Jennifer Cox Around the World in 80 Dates; Jean Follain (awaiting translation) 'The Pere-Lachaise Cemetery'; Heather Reyes Zade; Andrew Hussey Paris: The Secret History; Simone de Beauvoir Adieux: a farewell to Sartre; Kate Muir Left Bank; Colette 'Montmartre Cemetery'; Past tense, 139; Colin Jones PARIS: Biography of a City; Claude Izner The Pere-Lachaise Mystery; J.-K. Huysmans Parisian Sketches; Edmond de Goncourt Pages from the Goncourt Journal; Victor Hugo Notre-Dame de Paris; Geert Mak In Europe: travels through the twentieth century; Irene Nemirovsky Suite Francais; Living it up, 152; Ian Collins 'I love Paris in the springtime'; Mary Blume A French Affair; W. Scott Haine The World of the Paris Cafe; Simone de Beauvoir The Prime of Life; Richard Davenport-Hines A Night at the Majestic; Gertrude Stein The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.