For hundreds of years, the City of Light has set the stage for larger-than-life characters - from medieval lovers Heloise and Abelard to the defiant King Henri IV to the brilliant scientist Madame Curie, beloved chanteuse Edith Piaf, and the writer Colette. In this beautifully illustrated book, Susan Cahill recounts the lives of twenty-two famous Parisians and then takes you through the seductive streets of Paris to the quartiers where they lived and worked: their homes, the scenes of their greatest triumphs and tragedies, their favourite cafes, bars, and restaurants, and the off- the-beaten-track places where they found inspiration and love. From Sainte-Chapelle on the lie de la Cite to the cemetery Pere Lachaise to Montmartre and the Marais, Cahill t only brings to life the bold characters of a tumultuous history and the arts of painting, music, sculpture, film, and literature, she takes you on a relaxed walking tour in the footsteps of these celebrated Parisians. Each chapter opens with a beautiful four-colour illustration by photographer Marion Raux, and every tour begins with a Metro stop and ends with a list of 'Nearbys' - points of interest along the way, including cafes, gardens, squares, museums, bookstores, churches, and, of course, patisseries.
SUSAN CAHILL has published several travel books on France, Italy, and Ireland, including Hidden Gardens of Paris and The Streets of Paris. She is the editor of the bestselling Women and Fiction series and author of the novel Earth Angels. She spends a few months in Paris every year. MARION RANOUX, a native Parisienne, is an experienced freelance photographer and translator into French of Czech literature.