John Baxter – The Most Beautiful Walk in the World

This reviewer recently represented literary North London, in an unofficial capacity of course, on the north bank of the Seine during a writer’s residency with literary organisation, Paris Lit Up.

My time was spent living, writing, performing, and teaching, in the French capital – and as with any visit to a place of wonder, it makes you thirst for more.

So following my Parisian adventures, I decided to go back and reflect on some of the books that I’ve read about the City of Lights, and that made me fall in love with the city in the first place.

John Baxter is an Australian writer who has lived and worked in Paris for nearly 25 years. His book, The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: a Pedestrian in Paris, one of his many about the city, is very much a love letter to his adopted home.

Baxter marvels at the hidden depths, and shallows, of the cobbles that have witnessed revolution, passion, vagrancy, love, death, and all else that human kind can through at it. He brings the streets he pounds to life, with the urgency of someone that wants you to know all about the anecdotal history of Paris. He writes like only a resident write about a city.

For any Francophile this book is a must read, and for anyone who delights in charm, wit and youthful exuberance for life, it is also a must.