La Vie Parisienne
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La Vie Parisienne

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After an ill-fated affair with the Queen Mother's equerry, a young London-based Australian journalist, Janelle McCulloch, runs away to Paris to restore her pride. The city leaves an indelible print, and she returns many years later to live there for a year.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 5th 2008 by Pier 9, Murdoch Books
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A bit of a roller coaster - I went from amused to ambivalent from chapter to chapter. A bit self indulgent with name dropping featuring, yet still I kept reading if only because I love the subject - the French life!
While McCulloch's reflections on Paris have been criticised for being generalisations, I found it an enjoyable read. It was especially interesting to get the perspective of an Australian ex-patriot living in Paris. From a sociological perspective, the chapter on 'Understanding the French' was great as it explained many of the unwritten rules associated with dinner parties in Paris, many of which were in direct contrast to those in Australia. A lovely book which made me want to go back to Paris!
Tennessee O'Donnell
Loved this book , loved the photos inside as well.
Fabulous for getting you in the mood for all things FRENCH!
Made me crave coffee,wine,walking,seated gazing,macaroons and more!
I was a bit disappointed in this book. The production of the volume is very handsome, with its touches of flock and atmospheric Parisian photos throughout, but I found the writing pretentious and a bit name-droppy and badly in need of a couple of rounds of serious editing, which is a bit sad in a book written by a former magazine editor.

That said, it wasn't so bad that I couldn't read it. Parts of it were quite interesting, especially from about halfway through where she stopped littering the te...more
I was able to read through this particular travel narrative in just a couple of days, which is a good thing conidering how I really couldn't stand the narrator. I just wish something, anything, exciting had happened at SOME point in the book (other than her developing a rash after buying some very expensive lingere, which was hilarious and rang very true). All the romances were short lived i.e. were over with in about two paragraphs, and even the culinary adventures weren't all that original - I...more
Charlotte E
I really thought i'd enjoy this book seeing as i'm a student of French and am going out to live over there soon, however I was really rather disappointed. I found it just seemed to reinforce all the French/Parisian sterotypes I've ever heard and didn't really tell me anything new. I can't help feeling the stereotypes were exaggerated upon and would have much preferred something more real. Perhaps this is what Paris is really like, and if so, I'll stick to the French countryside or south as I've...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a fellow journalist I loved hearing about all the cafes and book shops writers in Paris frequent. A light read and one I would definitely recommend.
I loved this book. Really easy to read and made me desperately want to go to Paris!
It was cute-I am just a hopeless Francophile though, not sure others would enjoy it :)
Enjoyable, relaxing read about an Australian woman's life in Paris.
nothing special at all...little anecdotes...dont expect too much
Fabulous mini escape to Paris. Terrific Aussie humour!
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