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Best-selling author Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958 and is a former Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He is an acclaimed historian and biographer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has won the Whitbread Biography Prize and the Heinemann Award for Victor Hugo, as well as the Ondaatje Prize and Duff Cooper Prize for The Discovery of France. His book Parisians was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. He lives on the Anglo-Scottish border.

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"Robb's stylish and stylized tale of the town turns you into a sightseer, visiting the past, uncovering what time has hidden and observing anew what's there. It's a tantalizing tour. Robb wanders but is never lost." -- Newsday "Ingenious...Marvelously entertaining, boundlessly energetic and original...This book is the sort of triumph that we have no right to expect to come from anyone in the steady way that Robb's masterly books come from him." -- Philip Hensher - Daily Telegraph "A creative montage of how history, individuals, and geography intersected at key moments in Paris." -- Library Journal "A superior historical guidebook for the unhurried traveler, and altogether a book to savor." -- The Independent "With his profound knowledge of Paris ... Robb reveals a city of not only lights but darkness, which, though discovered, remains unknowable and alluring." -- Publishers Weekly "[Robb] has proved himself to be one of the more unusual and appealing historians currently striding the planet. In a better world his books would be best sellers everywhere...His book-argumentative, gallant, parked athwart oncoming historical traffic, as if on a dare-is as Parisian and as bracing as a freshly mixed Pernod and water." -- Dwight Garner - The New York Times "Graham Robb's new book is so richly pleasurable that you feel it might emit a warm glow if you left it in a dark room. Essentially it is a collection of true stories, culled from Robb's insatiable historical reading and lit by his imagination. He has the passion of a naturalist displaying a wall of rare butterflies or a cabinet of exotic corals, but his specimens are all human and walked the streets of Paris at some point between the French revolution and now...[A] generous and humane book." -- John Carey - The Times [London] "Robb, in employing the techniques of the novelist, animates his characters mainly for 'the pleasure of thinking about Paris.' That pleasure is also the reader's." -- Brenda Wineapple - The New York Times Book Review

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