Secrets of Paris

Paris for Beginners: An Insider's Guide

Vernon Coleman

Secrets of Paris gives you the sort of gossipy, inside information that a friend who knows Paris well would give you. It's packed with secrets and advice but it's also funny and enormously readable. Vernon Coleman has spent years putting together his favourite Parisian secrets, and the book contains sections designed to introduce you to the French and to understand Parisians. There's a list of Twenty Things You Must Do In Paris and a list of Ten things Not Worth Doing. This is a splendid read for anyone who enjoys travel, history, geography and gossip - and an essential guide for anyone who's ever likely to visit France. A sparkling introduction to Paris and the French.

Extract from the Preface to Secrets of Paris

There are some places in Paris which every tourist visits. The Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, the Place du Tetre, the Louvre and the Champs Elysee for example. But, wonderful as these iconic places are, there are many other places in Paris which are a real delight to visit but which the usual tourist buses and official tours don't and won't take you to. Nor will the usual guide books recommend them. Unashamedly and unapologetically, Secrets of Paris is designed to give you the sort of gossipy, genuinely helpful information a friend who knew Paris would give you. Where we recommend particular services or shops it is purely because we have found them to be worth recommending.

Finally, we've tried to make this a book you'll find fun to read as well as to use as a reference guide.

Enjoy Paris. It's difficult not to.
Vernon Coleman

What the reviewers say about Secrets of Paris:

`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 2 million books in the UK alone, covering genres as medical matters and novels. In this book 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 Deux Magots or Cafe de Flore). Hugely entertaining.'
Destination France

`Vernon gives us the sort of gossipy, inside information that a friend who knows Paris well would give you. It's packed with secrets and advice, but it's also funny and enormously readable. A sparkling introduction to Paris and the French.'
Stewart Peterson, Greenock Telegraph

Secrets of Paris is available from the shop on this website and from all good bookshops and libraries everywhere.

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2008