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Books on the Languedoc

Posted by celiahukins on 09/09/2010

Ever since we started thinking about having our house built and bought our plot of land, we’ve enjoyed reading about the Languedoc – mainly in English at first, although now we have found good books in French about local cuisine and walks.

True to my librarian principles, I’ve built up a collection in the house. (There’s a list on Amazon) We were particularly inspired by people’s accounts of their experiences, even if we discovered later on that the stories weren’t always exactly true, as in the case of Patrick Moon . Rupert Wright’s Notes from the Languedoc was a useful introduction to the background of the area. We enjoyed Angela Murrill’s Hot sun cool shadow on her experiences in the Languedoc, complete with recipes. Oh and of course Graham Robb’s Discovery of France which inevitably refers to the Languedoc.

There are many novels and stories set in the area, emphasising its remoteness, character and history. To select a few – Ian McEwan’s Black dogs, A.S. Byatt’s Elementals Kate Moss’s Labyrinth, and more recently Rose Tremain’s excellent Trespass

We’ve a good collection of books on walks too, but I’ll return to that later.

And now the books are supplemented by the blogs. Two I enjoy are those of Angela Murrill and Chez Loulou

You can find an index to all the books in the house on librarything

Chez Hukins


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