Graham Robb - Parisians

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The man who fixed the gaping holes of Rue d'Enfer now makes his dramatic entry.

The idea was to create a kind of mini Human Comedy of Paris, in which the history of the city would be illumined by the real experiences of its inhabitants.

So says the author Graham Robb about his new book 'Parisians'. And a whole host of characters walk, scuttle jump, run and flounce across his pages, beginning with the French Revolution and ending in more current times. These inhabitants are natives and visitors, and it is the likes of Charles Axel Guillaumot, Marie Antoinette, Alexandrine Zola, Adolf Hitler and Charles de Gaulle who lighten and darken the city's streets

in five episodes for BOOK OF THE WEEK. The series narrator is Stephen Boxer.

In this first episode, the city is saved from sinking in 1776 by a mysterious

individual called Charles Axel Guillaumot. Narrated by Stephen Boxer

and the series abridger is Katrin Williams

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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Marie Antoinette flees the palace to meet the awaiting king.

The idea was to create a kind of mini Human Comedy of Paris, in which the history of the city would be illumined by the real experiences of its inhabitants.

So says the author Graham Robb about his new book 'Parisians'. And a whole host of characters walk, scuttle jump, run and flounce across his pages, beginning with the French Revolution and ending in more current times. These inhabitants are natives and visitors, and it is the likes of Charles Axel Guillaumot, Marie Antoinette, Alexandrine Zola, Adolf Hitler and Charles de Gaulle who lighten and darken the city's streets

in five episodes for BOOK OF THE WEEK.

In today's episode, Marie Antoinette must flee the Palace and find the king's

carriage, but who to trust in forbidding streets? Reader Stephen Boxer.

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Emile and Alexandrine Zola and other literary luminaries scale the Eiffel Tower for lunch.

The idea was to create a kind of mini Human Comedy of Paris, in which the history of the city would be illumined by the real experiences of its inhabitants.

So says the author Graham Robb about his new book 'Parisians'. And a whole host of characters walk, scuttle jump, run and flounce across his pages, beginning with the French Revolution and ending in more current times. These inhabitants are natives and visitors, and it is the likes of Charles Axel Guillaumot, Marie Antoinette, Alexandrine Zola, Adolf Hitler and Charles de Gaulle who lighten and darken the city's streets

in five episodes for BOOK OF THE WEEK. The series narrator is Stephen Boxer.

In today's episode, Emile and Alexandrine Zola ascend the new Eiffel Tower, before later

revelations change their lives forever. Reader Stephen Boxer.

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Adolf Hitler tours the occupied French capital, wanting to model his dream-Berlin on it.

The idea was to create a kind of mini Human Comedy of Paris, in which the history of the city would be illumined by the real experiences of its inhabitants.

So says the author Graham Robb about his new book 'Parisians'. And a whole host of characters walk, scuttle jump, run and flounce across his pages, beginning with the French Revolution and ending in more current times. These inhabitants are natives and visitors, and it is the likes of Charles Axel Guillaumot, Marie Antoinette, Alexandrine Zola, Adolf Hitler and Charles de Gaulle who lighten and darken the city's streets

in five episodes for BOOK OF THE WEEK. The series narrator is Stephen Boxer.

In today's episode, the city is occupied and a foreign invader has designs on its beautiful

buildings... Reader Stephen Boxer.

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For years, the French capital was the most dangerous of cities for General de Gaulle.

The idea was to create a kind of mini Human Comedy of Paris, in which the history of the city would be illumined by the real experiences of its inhabitants.

So says the author Graham Robb about his new book 'Parisians'. And a whole host of characters walk, scuttle jump, run and flounce across his pages, beginning with the French Revolution and ending in more current times. These inhabitants are natives and visitors, and it is the likes of Charles Axel Guillaumot, Marie Antoinette, Alexandrine Zola, Adolf Hitler and Charles de Gaulle who lighten and darken the city's streets

in five episodes for BOOK OF THE WEEK. The series narrator is Stephen Boxer.

In this final episode, we witness gunshots at Notre Dame, which heralds decades of danger for

a new French leader... Reader Stephen Boxer.

The idea was to create a kind of mini Human Comedy of Paris, in which the history of the city would be illumined by the real experiences of its inhabitants.

So says the author Graham Robb about his new book 'Parisians'. And a whole host of characters walk, scuttle jump, run and flounce across his pages, beginning with the French Revolution and ending in more current times. These inhabitants are natives and visitors, and it is the likes of Charles Axel Guillaumot, Marie Antoinette, Alexandrine Zola, Adolf Hitler and Charles de Gaulle who lighten and darken the city's streets

in five episodes for BOOK OF THE WEEK. The series narrator is Stephen Boxer.

In this final episode, we witness gunshots at Notre Dame, which heralds decades of danger for

a new French leader... Reader Stephen Boxer.