The Pigeon by Patrick Suskind
The Pigeon
by Patrick Suskind

Hemingway wrote, "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."

Itís a book loverís dream to wander the very streets that inspired Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and so many others. You might step into the Salon at 27 rue de Fleurus where Gertrude Stein mentored Ernest Hemingway, or have a drink at the cafť littťraires Les Deux Magots and Cafť de Flore, the long-ago haunts of James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound and their fellow The Lost Generation writers.

The love affair between Paris and writers has been a long and passionate one, whether authors are writing from Paris or about it. For centuries, the city has been host to an array of love stories, murder mysteries and dramas, from timeless tales like Victor Hugoís The Hunchback of Notre Dame to ground-breaking modern literature like Henry Millerís The Tropic of Cancer.

The astounding effect of Paris on writers is demonstrated in the countless memoirs they have penned about their days, years and lives spent in the city. The effect is so strong itís even inspired chefs and bakers to put down their whisks and pick up their pens, giving food memoirs a genre all of their own.

What is it about Paris thatís so attractive to the creatively-inclined? Perhaps itís that its own history is the most interesting story of them all. Take a literary tour with our selection of ten novels set in Paris, ten memoirs about life in Paris and five Paris history books.

Novels Set in Paris

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery
Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley
Paris Was the Place
by Susan Conley
Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
Hunting and Gathering
by Anna Gavalda
Sarahís Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Sarahís Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay
Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner
Murder on the Eiffel Tower
by Claude Izner
Giovanniís Room by James Baldwin
Giovanniís Room
by James Baldwin
The Razorís Edge by W Somerset Maugham
The Razorís Edge
by W Somerset Maugham
Leon and Louise by Alex Capus
Leon and Louise
by Alex Capus
Cheri by Colette
Chéri
by Colette
The Ambassadors by Henry James
The Ambassadors
by Henry James
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
The Paris Architect
by Charles Belfoure
The Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
The Tropic of Cancer
by Henry Miller

Memoirs About Life in Paris

Paris History Books

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