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.