Notes from the Cévennes by Adam Thorpe


We are giving three reading groups the chance to read Notes from the Cévennes by bestselling novelist Adam Thorpe, in return for reader reviews. The three winning groups will each receive a set of 10 copies of this beautiful part memoir, part celebration of both rustic and urban France.


“A marvellously astute, wry and affectionate account of France and the French – mercifully free of whimsy – and, moreover, written in pitch-perfect English prose. A delight.” – William Boyd

“A powerful story of cooperation and conflict, both between ourselves and Nature. Living in two places, the ancient pastoral retreat of the Cévennes, and the Roman cosmopolitanism of Nimes, Adam has all the gifts of novelist, correspondent, historian and poet.” – Colin Greenwood, Radiohead

Adam Thorpe’s home for the past 25 years has been an old house in the Cévennes, a wild range of mountains in southern France. Prior to this, in an ancient millhouse in the oxbow of a Cévenol river, he wrote the novel that would become the Booker Prize-nominated Ulverton, now a Vintage Classic. Part celebration of both rustic and urban France, part memoir, Thorpe’s humorous and precise prose shows a wonderful stylist at work, recalling classics such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes.


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