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The Lost Girl Carol Drinkwa­ter, Michael Joseph, £12.99 Carol Drinkwa­ter’s lat­est novel is a page­turn­ing tale of loss and the kind­ness shown by strangers. Four years af­ter her teenage daugh­ter Lizzie went miss­ing, pho­tog­ra­pher Kur­tiz Ross gets word that she might be in Paris. Des­per­ate for a re­union, Kur­tiz trav­els with her es­tranged hus­band Oliver from Lon­don to the French cap­i­tal. Paris seems to hold the an­swers to Lizzie’s where­abouts, but then the Novem­ber 2015 ter­ror­ist at­tacks plunge the city into chaos. As the tragedy un­folds, she meets a for­mer ac­tress, Mar­guerite, who of­fers to help Kur­tiz in her search and com­forts her with tales of life in post-war Provence. As Mar­guerite re­veals her se­crets, Kur­tiz re­alises that the for­mer ac­tress’s past might af­fect her own life.

Mont­martre: Paris’s Vil­lage of Art and Sin John Bax­ter, Harper Peren­nial, £9.99 Aus­tralian-born au­thor and film critic John Bax­ter has lived in Paris for more than 20 years and writ­ten many books on the city past and present. In the sec­ond of his neigh­bour­hood guides, he ex­plores the ‘mar­tyrs’ mount’ and ex­plains how the dis­trict’s ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion on the north­ern edge of the city made it a fer­tile breed­ing ground for rev­o­lu­tions in pol­i­tics, art and cul­ture. While giv­ing such land­marks as the Basilique du Sacré-coeur and the Moulin Rouge cabaret their due, Bax­ter also ex­plores less fa­mil­iar places, such as the work­shops where Pi­casso and Braque cre­ated cu­bism, and the Cabaret of Noth­ing­ness, where din­ers once ate at coffins un­der lamps of hu­man bones. The re­sult is an en­gag­ing and il­lu­mi­nat­ing in­sight into a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion.

The New Paris: The Peo­ple, Places & Ideas Fu­el­ing a Move­ment Lind­sey Tra­muta, Abrams, £24.99 Amer­i­can writer and blog­ger Lind­sey Tra­muta has been liv­ing in Paris for ten years and has put her time in the City of Light to ex­cel­lent use with this new al­ter­na­tive guide. She goes far beyond the clichéd post­card im­ages to fo­cus on the so­cial trends that are tak­ing the French cap­i­tal by storm. Tra­muta in­tro­duces us to the peo­ple set­ting new stan­dards in food, wine, cof­fee, fash­ion and de­sign, and ex­plains how the city is mov­ing beyond its clas­sic rep­u­ta­tion to em­brace a new en­ergy. Packed with in­spir­ing sto­ries and hun­dreds of pho­to­graphs, the guide cap­tures the rich­ness of con­tem­po­rary Paris and shows how the city’s light con­tin­ues to shine brightly.

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