France: An Adventure History

Graham Robb


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Pan Macmillan
17 March 2022
ISBN: 9781529007626
544 pages

From the publisher

'Packed full of discoveries' Sunday Times
'Ceaselessly interesting, knowledgeable and evocative' Spectator
'A quirky, amused, erudite homage to France... ambitious and original' Times

France: An Adventure History
is a profoundly original and endlessly entertaining history of France, from the first century BC to the present day, based on countless new discoveries and thirty years of exploring France on foot, by bicycle and in the library.

Beginning with the Roman army's first recorded encounter with the Gauls and ending with the Gilets Jaunes protests in the era of Emmanuel Macron, each chapter is an adventure in its own right. Along the way, readers will find the usual faces, events and themes of French history - Louis XIV, the French Revolution, the French Resistance, the Tour de France - but all presented in a shining new light.

Graham Robb does not offer a standard dry list of facts and dates, but instead a panorama of France, teeming with characters, full of stories, journeys and coincidences, giving readers a thrilling sense of discovery and enlightenment. France: An Adventure History is a vivid, living history of one of the world's most fascinating nations by a ceaselessly entertaining writer in complete command of subject and style.

Praise for Graham Robb and The Discovery of France:

'Beautifully written and truly eccentric' - TLS
'An extraordinary journey of discovery' - Telegraph
'Robb carries the reader along on flawless prose' - Times
'Few authors write so well about things lost and neglected' - Guardian