Tag Archives: France

A Digest* of ‘France Since 1945’ by Robert Gildea

De Gaulle is a country whose decline can be traced through its many defeats and humiliations since the second world war. The first of these was the American invasion that came hot on the heels of the German departure. As … Continue reading

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Why Read Indulgent Books?

Last year I bought a book that I had no obvious need for. That book is A Guide to Modern Cookery by Auguste Escoffier. It’s not that the lack of need stems from my not cooking, though in recent months, … Continue reading

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Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle

I read Toujours during a grey few weeks in the summer while daydreaming about emigrating to a country where a simple life could be had instead of worrying about job prospects in recessionary Britain. Similar motives may have made this … Continue reading

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