Books & Guides & Writing

Books, fiction or non-fiction; guide books about Paris, past or present; Writing/Literature salons, groups, seminars, workshops

Book Review: Paris to the Pyrenées, A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

Paris to the Pyrenees book on my library shelf with Paris, Paris Journey to the City of Lights in the background by David Downie

David Downie’s latest entertaining memoir, “Paris to the Pyrenées, a skeptic pilgrim walks the way of Saint James” is a series of vignettes. The book is multipurpose whose words constantly upturned my lips into a smile or a smirk. They are the stories of his walk across France. It is also a guidebook along a segment of a trail steeped in history. It is a memoir of a skeptic pilgrim’s path to self-help along the Route of Saint James. When your body is falling apart, why not have a personal quest to possess France by walking across it! ….

A Guide to Paris for Lovers of Literature

Les Deux Magots side view with lady in long red scarf

For guest contributors, Marta López and Josie Sampson, Paris is the city that has spent centuries inspiring artists, writers, musicians, photographers and filmmakers alike – and within minutes of wandering the streets of the City of Light, it is not hard to see why.

If, like them, it is literature in particular that tickles your artistic fancy, you’re in luck. Home to around 1000 bookshops in the city and almost 100 libraries, Paris boasts an impressive literary history, having been home to the great writers, both past and present.