Book review: Five nights in Paris

Book review: <i>Five nights in Paris</i>

Five nights in ParisIf Paris is your passion then don’t miss this latest offering from John Baxter, the city’s long-term Australian author-in-residence, who has already published four memoirs on his life in France – Five nights in Paris.

In his fifth outing, Baxter loosely takes his literary tours of Paris as a subject, structuring the book around his new endeavour to create an ‘after dark’ itinerary based around each of the five senses. In doing so, the reader is taken on a beguiling jaunt through Paris’s night-time haunts: the jazz clubs of the Left Bank, Montmartre’s cabaret scene and the infamous former opium dens of the Bois de Boulogne.

Written with heart and humour, the book intersperses familial anecdotes with myths and legends regarding the eccentric characters who have populated the City of Light over the years. Via quirky digressions and detours down Parisian backstreets, the city’s most sensuous and animated locations are brought to sparkling life. A feast for the senses, just as the author promised. ★★★

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With a BA in French and History of Art from the University of Bristol, Florence spent a year living in Paris, studying Art History at the Sorbonne and working in publishing. She travels regularly back to France for both work and pleasure. Florence's passion for France revolves around its gastronomy, art and pleasure-seeking lifestyle, and the rebellious streak found only in a nation constantly looking for an excuse to go on strike!

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