France: travel books to read before you go


This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s France guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.

Yellow StudioYellow Studio (Stephen Romer) – Thwarted, unrequited French love is the powerful inspiration behind this dramatic collection of poems by one of Britain’s best contemporary poets, at home in France since the 1981.

This Nights Foul WorkThis Night’s Foul Work (Fred Vargas) – Paris, the Pyrenees and a Normandy village are among the places this award-winning French crime writer takes readers to in her latest spellbinding detective novel.

The Man Who Married a MountainThe Man who Married a Mountain – (Rosemary Bailey) By the author of Life in a Postcard: Escape to the French Pyrenees, this elegant piece of travel writing scales the Pyrenees with 19th-century mountaineers.

Another Long Day on the PisteAnother Long Day on the Piste (Will Randall) – Refreshingly different from the ‘renovate a farmhouse’ norm, this one dissects in hilarious detail a season spent in a ski resort in the French Alps.

A Motor-flight Through FranceA Motor-Flight Through France (Edith Wharton) – A timeless classic, this book follows the Whartons as they embark on a trio of pioneering automobile trips in belle-époque France.

More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.