According to St. Augustine, ‘the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page’. Heffers are happy to help you become well-travelled AND well read with our ‘Travel by Book’ recommendations of the best books to read when visiting different countries. We’re also offering money off selected Lonely Planet guide books starting Wednesday 11th July.
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
When Dr Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons during an archaeological dig in southern France, she unearths a link with a horrific and brutal past. But it’s not just the sight of the shattered bones that makes her uneasy; there’s an overwhelming sense of evil in the tomb that Alice finds hard to shake off, even in the bright French sunshine. Skilfully blending the lives of two women divided by centuries but united by a common destiny, LABYRINTH is a powerful story steeped in the atmosphere and history of southern France.
Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky
Set during a year that begins with France’s fall to the Nazis in June 1940 and ending with Germany turning its attention to Russia, this book falls into two parts. It depicts a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion; and follows the inhabitants of a rural community under occupation who find themselves thrown together in unexpected ways.
The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas
Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policemen. When strange blue chalk circles start appearing overnight on the pavements of Paris, the press take up the story with amusement and psychiatrists trot out their theories. Adamsberg is alone in thinking this is not a game and far from amusing.
The Magnificent Meaulnes by Henri Alain-Fournier
When Augustin Meaulnes arrives in Francois’ home, he changes everything. Life in the little town where they both go to school suddenly becomes far more adventurous and exciting. On one of his escapades, Meaulnes gets lost in the countryside finds himself at an extraordinary party where he meets the girl of his dreams.From this point on he is haunted by her memory and devotes his life, with Francois’ willing help, to finding her again