30-Second Paris

The 50 key elements that shaped the city, each explained in half a minute

30-Second Paris The 50 key elements that shaped the city, each explained in half a minute
Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781782405443
Publisher: Ivy Press
Series: 30 Second
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"If you want to know more about France’s capital without the doorstop-heavy books, then 30-Second Paris will be right up your street." - Living France

Think you know Paris? Why is it called the City of Lights?  Where are the capital’s vineyards? What heritage did Hector Guimard bestow on the city? How many bridges cross the Seine? Step away from the grands boulevards and chic boutiques and satisfy your curiosity. Written by experts who live and breathe Paris, this volume gets you under the skin of the city to reveal its true beating heart. In just half a minute – the time it takes to read a topic – 30-Second Paris takes you on a tour without the tourists, revealing Paris and its environs in all its contemporary as well as its historic glory, divulging its quintessential quartiers, famous residents and residences, monuments and museums, cemeteries and squares, markets and fashion meccas, open spaces and entertainment arenas.

The author

John Flower is Emeritus Professor of Twentieth Century French Literature at the University of Kent. Before coming to Kent, John Flower held posts in England at the universities of Reading, East Anglia and Exeter, where he was Professor of French from 1976 to 1995, and in France at Paris-X Nanterre and Bordeaux III. Flower has published extensively in the UK and in France, with more than twenty single-authored books, seventy articles and invited contributions, and a dozen edited volumes. His work covers French literature and culture since the late nineteenth century. He has also published a study of Joan of Arc as interpreted by novelists, poets, dramatists, composers and film producers, and guides to Provence, Lombardy and Burgundy with photographs by Charlie Waite. He continues to review widely, is a member of various editorial boards, and is the founding and general editor of the Journal of European Studies.

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Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781782405443
Illustrations: Full colour throughout
Size: 7.087 in x 9.055 in / 180 mm x 230 mm