List of 48 Books Based in France

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Title Author Publishing Year Genre
A Moveable Feast Ernest Hemingway 1964 Autobiography, Biography, Memoir
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 1859 Classics, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literature, Historical, Novels
A Year in Provence Peter Mayle 1989 Travel literature
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr 2014 Novel, Historical Fiction
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris Sarah Turnbull 2002 Biography, Travel literature, Autobiography
An Officer and a Spy Robert Harris 2013 Novel, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Spy fiction
Anna and the French Kiss Stephanie Perkins 2010 Novel, Young adult fiction, Romance novel
Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief Maurice Leblanc 1907 Crime novel, Mystery, Crime Fiction
Aspects of Provence James Pope-Hennessy 1952 History, Architecture
Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks 1998 Novel, Historical Fiction, Romance novel
Chocolat Joanne Harris 1999 Novel, Magical Realism, Fantasy Fiction, Psychological Fiction
Code Name Verity Elizabeth Wein 2012 Novel, Young adult fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Spy fiction
Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos de Laclos 1782 Classics, Fiction, France, European Literature > French Literature, Romance, Historical Fiction, Literature
Down and Out in Paris and London George Orwell 1933 Autobiography, Biography, Memoir, Fictional Autobiography
Giovanni's Room James Baldwin 1956 Novel, Gay literature, Psychological Fiction
Hunting and Gathering Anna Gavalda 2004 Fiction
La Bête Humaine Émile Zola 1906 Novel, Fiction, Romance, Psychological thriller
Labyrinth Kate Mosse 2005 Historical Fiction, Fantasy Fiction
Les Misérables Victor Hugo 1862 Novel, Historical Fiction, Tragedy, Epic, Historical romance
Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution Michelle Moran 2011 Historical Fiction, Biographical Fiction
Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans 1939 Children's literature
Mademoiselle Chanel C.W. Gortner 2015 Novel, Historical Fiction, Biographical Fiction
Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria–France 1769 Kathryn Lasky 2000 Historical Fiction
Murder on the Quai Cara Black 2016 Mystery, Fiction, Thriller
My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle Marcel Pagnol 1957 Novel, Biography, Autobiographical novel, Fictional Autobiography
Nana Émile Zola 1880 Novel, Fiction
Paris Edward Rutherfurd 2013 Historical Fiction, Saga
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind 1985 Novel, Mystery, Horror fiction, Magical Realism, Historical Fiction
Phantom: The Novel of His Life Susan Kay 1990 Novel, Romance novel, Historical Fiction, historical novel
Pied Piper Nevil Shute 1942 Fiction, War story
Sarah's Key Tatiana de Rosnay 2006 Novel, Historical Fiction
Seeking Whom He May Devour Fred Vargas 1999 Novel, Crime novel, Thriller, Mystery, Crime Fiction
Suite Française Irène Némirovsky 2004 Novel, Fiction
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo Tom Reiss 2012 Biography
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas 1844 Novel, Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Adventure fiction, Serialised Work
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 2003 Novel, Thriller, Mystery, Detective novel, Conspiracy fiction, Crime Fiction
The Day of the Jackal Frederick Forsyth 1967 Thriller, Spy fiction, Historical Fiction, historical novel
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery 2006 Novel, Fiction
The Horseman on the Roof Jean Giono 1951 Fiction
The House in France: A Memoir Gully Wells 2011 Biography, Autobiography
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Victor Hugo 1831 Novel, Drama, Gothic fiction
The Last Time I Saw Paris Lynn Sheene 2011 Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Historical romance
The Little Paris Bookshop Nina George 2013 Novel, Romance novel, Psychological Fiction, Contemporary romance
The Murders in the Rue Morgue Edgar Allan Poe 1841 Detective novel, Mystery, Noir fiction, Crime Fiction
The Nightingale Kristin Hannah 2015 Novel, Romance novel, Historical Fiction, War story
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux 1909 Novel, Horror fiction, Gothic fiction
The Scarlet Pimpernel Emmuska Orczy 1905 Classics, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adventure, Romance, Historical, Mystery
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas 1844 historical novel, Historical Fiction, Adventure fiction

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