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Books inspired by Paris

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood to travel

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Suite Française

Irène Némirovsky

A poignant two-part novel about French society at the point of the German invasion of WW2. Originally intended as 4 parts, the author's untimely death in Auschwitz in 1942 prevented the rest from being written. This was discovered and published 65 years later and is now hailed as a masterpiece.

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Almost French

Sarah Turnbull

The author met "a very French Frenchman" whilst backpacking around Europe, accepted an invitation to spend a week with him, and never left. This is a perceptive and humorous book about the culture clashes and paradoxes of starting a new life in France.

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A Year in the Merde

Stephen Clarke

A humorous bestselling novel about what the French are really like from the point of view of an Englishman who moves to Paris to start a new job.

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Edward Rutherfurd

An epic novel following four families over hundreds of years: bound by forbidden loves and marriages of convenience; dogged by vengeance and murderous secrets; torn apart by the irreconcilable differences of birth and faith, and brought together by the tumultuous history of their city. A book which bursts to life in the intrigue, corruption and glory of its people.

Chosen by Stuart

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Giovanni's Room

James Baldwin

David meets Giovanni in a bar in Paris and they're drawn into an intense love affair that David can't fully acknowledge. His girlfriend returns from abroad forcing difficult, life-altering decisions and desperate consequences.

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Patrick Suskind

A beautifully written and sensuous novel set in 18th century France. An unwanted and "unscented" child is born with an extraordinary sense of smell and uses his gift to become the finest perfumer in France. But his dreams of creating the world's finest perfume bring out murderous instincts. A cult classic, you won't have ever read anything like it!

When to visit


Where better for a Valentine's escape than the original City of Love? Strolling its wide avenues and boulevards hand in hand, perhaps stopping for a glass of wine at a street cafe. Ooh la la!


Paris in the spring has its own unique charms: bright and sunny days, with the very beginnings of alfresco dining, romantic walks along the Seine, and chestnuts in blossom, all preparing for summer.


There are few lovelier cities than Paris in summer. Boulevards and parks bathed in golden sunshine and ample opportunity for pausing at one of its tiny street cafés to people-watch. A pure joy!

Paris Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


23rd September 2020 by Twins that Travel

A road trip to Cornwall: A week long itinerary

My eyes fixed to the TV screen, I watched as Boris Johnson announced that UK travel was back on. Throwing open my laptop – the Prime Minister’s comments fading into the background – I frantically booked a road trip to Cornwall. After many months of lockdown, leaving the house just once a day for the same walk around the same park, I was pretty much salivating at the thought of escaping the concrete paradise of Milton Keynes. Within an hour of the government’s announcement, I’d...


11th September 2020 by Hand Luggage Only

10 best day trips from London

London is such an incredible city but sometimes, it’s just nice to get away from the big smoke to explore more of our stunning country. After all, there are so many day trips from London that really showcase how beautiful England is. Like so many other Londoners, owning a car involves so much extra hassle (the biggest one being where to actually park it). This meant we never bought a car in London....


23rd September 2020 by While I'm Young

Visiting Finchale Abbey in Durham

Our latest North East day out was a visit to Finchale Abbey in Durham. Tom had been promising to take me there for a good year and, true to his word, he planned the whole day out. He isn’t usually too hot when it comes to dreaming up places for us to go, so I was pleasantly surprised!...


17th August 2020 by While I'm Young

Magical things to do in Knaresborough, Yorkshire

Don’t you just love the power of Instagram when it comes to finding new places to visit? When I asked my followers if they had tips for a day out in Harrogate, a few people mentioned the nearby town of Knaresborough. I had never heard of it before, but after looking at people’s beautiful pictures of the place, I made up my mind to visit en route to Harrogate. It unexpectedly turned into a full day there!...


17th August 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Day trip to London & afternoon tea on the River Thames

London is full of unique things to do and did you know you can go for a classic British afternoon tea on the River Thames? It doesn't get more iconic than that! I went out with City Cruises for their Afternoon Tea cruise which I loved. They kept us socially distanced which was needed in August 2020 and I loved the huge bright windows on the boat. After we ate we got to go on top of the boat and see the sights from there! It's super touristy but I loved it! I also walked along the River...


17th August 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Visiting Calke Abbey

The un-stately home and country estate of Calke Abbey is a wonderful place to visit for a day trip in Derbyshire, especially if you are looking to go walking. Whether that’s for a gentle walk around the gardens or on a long walk around the trails and parkland, there are plenty of Calke Abbey Walks to go on and it is a great place to visit with the family. Calke Abbey gives you an insight into what a former stately home used to look like when a family lived there who never threw anything away!...


17th August 2020 by While I'm Young

39 fun things to do in Scarborough

Reminiscent of the British seaside’s glory days, Scarborough in North Yorkshire has all of the ingredients for a great day out in the UK: bucket and spades galore, plenty of indoor and outdoor attractions, a plethora of cheap and cheerful activities and of course, the unmistakeable scent of the great British chippy in the air. Since we’re all reevaluating our summer jaunts abroad in 2020, I’ve put together a list of the top things to do in Scarborough, with tips on everything from wet...