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The Discovery of France

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780330427616
Author(s): Graham Robb
Format: Paperback
Year: 2008
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions: 130 x 32 x 197 (w x l x h)
Pages: 454

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'With gloriously apposite facts and an abundance of quirky anecdotes and thumbnail sketches of people, places and customs, Robb, on brilliant form, takes us on a stunning journey through the historical landscape of France' Independent Award-winning author Graham Robb is an expert on French literature and history. He is also a keen cyclist and has covered much of France by bike - racking up some fourteen thousand miles in the saddle, and discovering a very different country from that which is usually depicted in the guidebooks. 'Certain books strain the patience of those close to you. How many times can you demand: 'Look at this! Can you imagine? Did you know that?' without actually handing over the volume? This is such a book' Mail on Sunday 'Writing with humour but without condescension, with understanding but without naivety, Robb brilliantly reconstructs a world we have lost. There is hardly a page that does not contain a detail that is illuminating, surprising or entertaining, and often all three' Sunday Telegraph 'This splendid history of France mixes the rambling charm of a traveller with a scholar's rigorous research ...At once history, psychogeography, itinerary and cabinet of curiosities, The Discovery of France is an astute sociological catalogue of France's changing idea of itself' Daily Telegraph 'Robb's concise and fast-paced writing pedals along with never a dull paragraph, as facts, events, characters and quotations flash by .
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