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Books on France

A wine merchants’ guide to the best books on France

Most Beautiful Villages of France

The Most Beautiful Villages of France: The Official Guide

This illustrated guide reveals the beauty of rural France, with  visitor information for 158 attractive and interesting villages in France.
Carefully selected each year, the French villages featured in this official guide are replete with historical, architectural, and natural riches. An introductory paragraph presents the history of each village, and is accompanied by recommendations for monuments, museums, and other places to visit.

Back Roads France

Back Roads France

One of the joys of exploring France is to get off the main roads and explore the villages and countryside and discover some real gems. In the usual style of DK Eyewitness Guides this covers 24 leisurely drives in every corner of France with great illustrations, maps  a laminated pull-out road map and information, suggested hotels and places to eat and details of local cuisine.

Michelin 2019 road atlas

France 2019 Michelin Map

GPS is fine for getting you from A to B, but nothing beats a proper map for planning and exploring. This laminated A4 spiral-bound road atlas is great – you can write on the pages and erase your work later. And being laminated pages will not get damaged in poor weather, wind or with wear-and-tear. Scale 1:250,000 – also includes information on tourist sights, leisure facilities and scenic routes.

Michelin Red Guide 2019

France 2019 Michelin Red Guide

Whilst Michelin Red Guides’ reputation is based on their respected Michelin Star system for fine dining, the Red guide is invaluable for doing more – finding great value restaurants (the Bib Gourmands), Grand and budget hotels with detailed maps and plenty of useful information. Some of our most memorable discoveries have been as a result of using the Red Guide,

France: A History

France: A History by John Juius Norwich

An entertaining read which explains much about modern-day France and its idiosyncrasies. The history of France and Great Britain is often intertwined with characters such as Joan of Arc, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Napoleon and many others making appearances. And it goes to show that France is more than Paris and the French Revolution.
Written by the late John-Julius Norwich who clearly loved the country