Paris is a city of artistic inspiration for writers, painters, and dreamers alike. Is it any wonder why legions of literary folks have succumbed to her beauty? Some of the world’s most cherished books are set in Paris, or other parts of France; in fact, an earlier post on favorite novels set in France has been one of the most popular articles here on the blog. This second feature covers historical fiction — classics and new books alike.
Most travellers agree that Paris deserves a return trip. In fact, each time I travel to France, I fall in love just a little bit more. The same could be said for many places I love to visit, but France holds a special place in my heart due to the work I’ve done in perfumery and the books I’ve written about it.
For this return to the literary shelves I gathered books readers have recommended. And yes, keep those recommendations coming…
Historical Novels Set in France
On this list you’ll find beloved classics as well as new historical fiction. Soon I’ll post a list for contemporary books set in France (fabulous new novels), and still another for nonfiction (cooking, wine, and style), so stay tuned. Better yet, follow along so you won’t miss a thing.
As I writer, I solemnly promise to uphold this literary tradition (someone has to travel to Paris to write, n’est-ce pas?). France and French culture seeps into many of my writings, from perfumery, to fashion, to art. Be sure to sign up on my mailing list — my next book will whisk you back to Paris, too, naturellement. Plus, you’ll discover one of my favorite hotels in Paris….
For those of you who are new to this lively discussion, check out the first list of books set in France, too. Don’t forget to add your favorite nonfiction or novels set in France to the comment section, too. And now, in no particular order, your fellow readers’ favorites:
The Perfume Collector: A Novel by Kathleen Tessaro
The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay
Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell
Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
The Age of Desire: A Novel by Jennie Fields
Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi
The Paris Architect: A Novel by Charles Belfoure
A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition by Ernest Hemingway
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War by Jennifer Robson
Escape from Paris by Carolyn Hart