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Secrets of Paris: An Insider's Guide by [Coleman, Vernon]
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A bestselling book for sophisticated travellers who want to understand Paris and the Parisians, and who appreciate English humour. 'Secrets of Paris' contains no museum guides, time tables or hotel phone numbers but is a light hearted, loving, much praised introduction to the heart and soul of the city by a bestselling writer who loves Paris and knows it well. Readers will require stout reading fingers, a packet of sandwiches and be able to appreciate irony. This is a personal notebook, not a guide book.
This book about Paris contains the sort of gossipy, inside information that a friend who knows Paris well would give you. Dr Vernon Coleman FRSA, an international bestselling author whose books have been published in 25 languages, has been visiting Paris for over half a century and has had an apartment there since the 1990s. He knows and understand the modern city (and the Parisians) intimately and knows far more about the city's history than most travel writers and tourist guides. The book is packed with secrets and advice but it's also funny and enormously readable. A sparkling introduction to Paris and the French by someone whose love for the city shines through brightly. Contains information on getting to know Paris and understanding France and the French. There is a list of 20 things you must do in Paris and 10 things NOT worth doing.
Selected as Book of the Month by `French' magazine and highly praised by `Destination France' and other expert reviewers.
`Is it travel writing or reference? Actually it cleverly manages to combine both .Before you've finished reading I guarantee you'll be planning a visit.
Secrets of Paris gives you just that - an insight into Parisian life, packed with local and personal anecdotes, and historical and socio-political information. Refreshingly, this isn't just a trite travel book but a readable, funny and intelligent guide to what to do and what not to do and see in the city. Imagine getting top tips from a trusted friend who has lived in Paris for a few years.' - French Magazine
`This isn't a guide book although its sub-title is Paris for Beginners, an Insider's Guide. Rather, it's a witty series of observations about life in Paris. A prolific writer Coleman has sold over two million books in the UK alone, covering genres (such as) medical matters and novels. He writes amusingly about flowers, the elderly, notaires, zebra crossings, hotels and almost anything else you can think of. There's a list of 10 things not worth doing (including visiting the Bois de Boulogne) and 20 things you must do in Paris (from visiting Pere Lachaise to having a drink at Les Deux Magots or Café Flore). Hugely entertaining.' - Destination France
`Vernon gives us the sort of gossipy inside information that a friend who knows Paris well would give you...packed with secrets and advice, but also funny and enormously readable. A sparkling introduction to Paris and the French.' - Stewart Peterson, Greenock Telegraph
`Hugely enjoyable.' - Carol McGiffin
Vernon Coleman is a qualified doctor who has written over 100 books which have been translated into 25 languages. Many of them have appeared in bestseller lists around the world. He has presented countless TV and radio programmes and written columns for many of the world's biggest selling newspapers and magazines.
There are details of his other books on his author page on Amazon and on
What the papers say about Vernon Coleman and his books:
Coleman is a very funny writer - This England
Vernon Coleman writes brilliant books - The Good Book Guide
No thinking person can ignore him -The Ecologist
A godsend -Daily Telegraph
Compulsive reading - The Guardian
Marvellously succinct, refreshingly sensible - The Spectator
Probably one of the most brilliant men alive -Irish Times
Britain's leading health care campaigner - The Sun
The patients' champion -Birmingham
He writes lucidly and wittily - Good Housekeeping
etc etc

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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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HASH(0x97f06c48) out of 5 stars Some useful insider info April 30 2014
By rainy day - Published on
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It's written in a conversational tone - like a friend giving you advice over drinks.

<< I have a question for the author (or anyone else who might know) - where in the U.S. do women greet each other by kissing on the lips? This is mentioned at location 1186 of the Kindle book. Just wondering. >>

I do recommend this book - for first-timers in particular. There are a lot of useful tips for visiting the tourist attractions in the city center - along with tips about what to avoid and observations about Parisians themselves.

The author finds pretty much nothing to his liking in arrondissements 10-17,19, 20. You'll need to consult an actual travel guide if you want to venture out of the city center (Rough Guides are fairly thorough in their descriptions of less-visited areas of the city).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f06c9c) out of 5 stars a bit anti-French but entertaining and funny March 16 2015
By Gryphon50 - Published on
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Personally I really like this book. Yes, it is a bit cynical about Parisians but the author is just telling it like it is. It's not sugar-coated- Parisians are well-known for being rude to foreigners and even rude to other Frenchmen. The overall tone was kind of sarcastic but funny. Also someone criticized it for including "eating at cafes" in a book titled "Secrets of Paris." But I don't think you can write a book about Paris without including the cafe thing! Also I've read many books on Paris and I learned alot of new things (e.g., the men who lives under the bridges of Paris, the interior of Notre Dame being overly touristy, etc.) Overall I found it very well-written and entertaining
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f06f78) out of 5 stars The best parts are the little side trips he takes you ... Aug. 7 2014
By Raymond J. Cristina - Published on
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You won't find any of the revelations that Coleman presents here in any guide book on Paris. (Oh, maybe a few. For instance, he loves the Eiffel Tower.) Written in a very colloquial style, and very opinionated, it reveals just how familiar Coleman is with this magnificent city. The best parts are the little side trips he takes you to that I doubt any tourists ever discover on their own. (I know I didn't.) So, ya know, just forgive his occasional rants against the English (London doesn't compare to Paris) and go along for the ride. You won't find it anywhere else.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x980034b0) out of 5 stars paris surprises & places not worthy. Sept. 5 2014
By John Zentveld - Published on
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Love your directness. Opinionated, but amusing. Feeling of honest appraisal of the most appealing and interesting, vs the not worth doing.
Love the snippets of surprise, discovering the smaller churches & parks.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f06d5c) out of 5 stars I found this book to be a major disappointment. It provided absolutely no value in preparing for ... Sept. 30 2014
By PC Traveler - Published on
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I found this book to be a major disappointment. It provided absolutely no value in preparing for a trip to Paris. The author is quite pleased with himself but does not live up to his own billing. The info is trite. Example - he goes to great lengths to discuss visiting cafes in Paris and observing the passing crowd. This is one of his major "secrets" of Paris. He also dispenses some very foolish advice. Example- he recommends using cash only - no ATM or Credit Cards. In this day and age the security aspects alone of carrying cash make it inadvisable. Not to mention the financial benefits of using a card wisely such as rebates and purchase protection benefits. The book is filled with anti- american comments and he scorns the French as well.

Take a pass on this one and look elsewhere.