ANGELA BIRD'S
Northern France

What to do and see within 90 minutes of Calais

 

 


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BOOKSHELF

 

Some selected reading of interest to those travelling in the area,
who might wish they knew a bit more about
history, wildlife, weather patterns and other subjects

 

with links to
 



for these, and for one or two non-book items as well...

 

 

 

World War I: in English

 


Goodbye to All That

 

by

Robert Graves

 

Graves served in WWI, and in the 1920s penned this memoir


Somme Mud

by

EPF Lynch

 

An Australian viewpoint of the ghastly conditions on the Somme from Dec 1916

 

Major & Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guide to the Somme

 

Detailed touring guide of places along the battlefront of the Somme

 

 

Major & Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guide to
Ypres & Passchendaele

 

Detailed touring guide of
the main
Belgian sites of World War I

 

 

Walking the Somme

by

Paul Reed

 

Walks along the Somme battlefront by a well-known military historian

 

 


Walking Arras

 

by

Paul Reed

 

Walks along the Artois battlefront by a well-known military historian

 

 

Before Endeavours Fade

 

By

Rose EB Coombs

 

Classic guide to visiting the battlefields of WWI in France and Belgium

 

Tommy

by

Richard Holmes

 

One of Britain’s best-known military historians examines WWI, with reference to the common infantryman.

 

The Somme

by

Malcolm

Brown

 

Forgotten Voices

of the

Great War

 

The voices of the ordinary soldier tell horrific tales of what they endured

 

DVD

Paths of Glory

 

Kirk Douglas stars in Kubrick’s film about the French army

 

 

 

 

 

 

World War I: in French

(if these are not in stock on UK Amazon, try doing a search on www.amazon.fr and ordering from there )

 


Le Feu

 

by

Henri Barbusse

 

Like Dorgeles (see right) Barbusse told the facts about conditions for the French « poilu » or comjmon infantryman drawn from his own experiences in the trenches.

 

 


Les Croix de Bois

 

by Roland Dorgelès

 

Published before the war was over, Doregeles’ first-hand account of horrific conditions on the Western Front brought the truth home to the French nation.

 


La

Main Coupée

 

by

Blaise Cendrars

 

Already a writer when he enlisted, Cendrars lost his right hand during WWI

 

 

 

Paroles
de
Poilus

 

A collection of reminiscences by French soldiers and officers, in the spirit of “Forgotten Voices”

 

 

 

 

 

Food and hotel guides, maps, road atlases etc
(you might have to search a little farther on Amazon for updated versions of the books or maps; these links were made in early 2008)

 

 

Gault
Millau
2012

 

(in French)

The French foodie’s “bible”, giving marks out of  20 to restaurants throughout France

 

Red Michelin

Guide to France

2012

 

Long- established favourite for those who have cracked the pictogram code. Reliable guide to hotels and restaurants.

 

French Bed & Breakfast: Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

 

The essential guide for those seeking character rather than faceless modern hotels

 

 

Alan Rogers’ France:

The Best Campsites in France
2012

 

The bible
for
campers
and caravanners

 

AA Road Atlas: France

2012

 

Find your way around France

 

Michelin Road Atlas of France

 

Find your way around France

 

SATNAV

TomTom Start2
Western Europe

 

No need to change map cards; with this gadget you can navigate seamlessly from one European country to another

 

 

 

 

 

 

A selection for children

 

Horrible Histories

 

The

Frightful

First World War

Horrible Histories

 

The

Woeful

Second World War

 

 

I Spy      on

a Ferry

 

I Spy
on a Car Journey in France

 

 

 

 

A miscellany

 


The Cloudspotter’s Guide

 

by Gavin

Praetor-

Pinney

 

Cloud formations, stormy weather, curious tales and scientific explanations – just the thing for observing the dramatic cloud systems in Flanders


Horrible

Geography

 

Stormy

Weather

 

 

 

 

A simple guide to what makes weather happen

 

Where to Watch Birds in
France

 

by

Philippe Dubois

 

Detailed descriptions to help you access the most interesting sites for bird-watching

 

Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle  

 

by

Juliet Barker

 

Highly readable account of the victory of Henry V over the French forces of Charles VI

 

 

 

Beau Brummel

 

by
Ian Kelly

 

The rise and fall of the 18th-century celebrity who fled to Calais to escape creditors

 

 

 

 

 

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