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."

It's a book lover's 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 café littéraires Les Deux Magots and Café 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 Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame to ground-breaking modern literature like Henry Miller's 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 it's 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 that's so attractive to the creatively-inclined? Perhaps the city's own history is the most interesting story of them all. Take a literary tour with our selection of novels set in Paris, memoirs about life in Paris and Paris history books.

Novels Set in Paris

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah

Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley Paris Was the Place

Susan Conley

Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda Hunting and Gathering

Anna Gavalda

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay Sarah's Key

Tatiana de Rosnay

Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin Giovanni's Room

James Baldwin

The Razor's Edge by W Somerset Maugham The Razor's Edge

W Somerset Maugham

Leon and Louise by Alex Capus Leon and Louise

Alex Capus

Cheri by Colette Cheri


The Ambassadors by Henry James The Ambassadors

Henry James

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure The Paris Architect

Charles Belfoure

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain The Paris Wife

Paula McLain

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd Paris

Edward Rutherfurd

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

Memoirs About Life in Paris

That Summer in Paris by Morley Callaghan That Summer in Paris

Morley Callaghan

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik Paris to the Moon

Adam Gopnik

The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal The Hare With Amber Eyes

Edmund de Waal

Paris, France by Gertrude Stein Paris, France

Gertrude Stein

My Life in France by Julia Child My Life in France

Julia Child

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway

Paris History Books

Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne Seven Ages of Paris

Alistair Horne

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