A Celebration of Nairn’s Paris with Andrew Hussey

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Host: Shakespeare & Company
Location: Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Paris, France
Speaker: Andrew Hussey

On the occasion of its return to print with Notting Hill Editions, join Shakespeare & Company as they revisit a classic work about the beautiful city, Nairn’s Paris, in the company of author and academic Andrew Hussey, who has penned a new introduction to the work.

Out of print since 1968, this is a unique guidebook from the late, great architectural writer, Ian Nairn. Illustrated with the author’s black and white snaps of the city, Nairn gives his readers an idiosyncratic and unpretentious portrait of the ‘collective masterpiece’ that is Paris. This guidebook shows his eye for detail – whether it is architectural stonework on an archway, shadows cast by a railing, or an empty chair in a Paris park. Nairn encourages the reader to find their own Paris beneath the glossy surface – more than a guidebook, this is an inimitable journey of discovery in finding the hidden delights of the city, in first hardback edition ever published.

‘About one third of this book is discovery, in the sense that I came upon the sites by accident or by following a topographical hunch. There must be many more, and all you need for the search is the ability to turn off the main road, switch on your antennae and respond. Good luck.’ – Ian Nairn

Andrew Hussey is Director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies in the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the New Statesman, and the writer/presenter of several BBC documentaries on French food and art. He is the author of The Game of War: The Life and Death of Guy Debord (2001), and Paris: The Secret History (2006). He was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Years Honours list for services to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and France. He lives in Paris.

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