The little Paris bookshop book review at PumpjackPiddlewick

Sometimes life gets a bit hectic and you need a good book to escape into a calm and delightful world. For just such a time we can recommend The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. It’s the sort of book that lets you disappear in to a tranquil setting and simply enjoy a taste of French life.

A Little Paris Bookshop on a Barge

This book follows the gentle excursion of a bookshop on a barge as the owner, Jean Perdu, releases the boat from its moorings and travels down the Seine, out of Paris and into the countryside. Throughout he encounters a host of wonderful characters that give him insight and courage to look at his own life. 

His lovely ability to prescribe books, like medicine, to his customers tosses in an additional layer of thought and observation.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try

Ultimately this is a book about a search for happiness, but told through a varied cast of many. And woven throughout is the understanding that if you don’t at least try, then happiness may stay just out of reach.

Words to live by, and words we adhere to here at Pumpjack & Piddlewick. Maybe that’s why this book resonated and delighted me so much.

Fancy a Read? You can preview an/or buy it here…

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From the USA:

Our Book Club Disclosure

For our Vive le Livre Book Club we are affiliated* with Bookshop.Org. As great readers ourselves, we wanted to offer a way to purchase the books we recommend about France and the French (and wine). We specifically chose to affiliate with Bookshop because they support independent bookshops. They are currently supporting, and you can buy from, bookshops in the UK, USA and Spain.

For this and other books we recommend in our book club, simply click on your book of choice below to read more or purchase…

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I also offer a small selection of vintage book finds, mostly English, some French in my own Shop.

*If you would like to read more about Affiliates, or wish to be more involved, visit the Nourishing Pumpjack & Piddlewick page.



  1. Looks like an interesting read, but too bad the link doesn’t work for the French store. 😉

    1. Author

      If it’s a kindle version you can still order it from there. For a paperback version (in English):

      Whichever way, hope you’ll enjoy the book. It’s a really enjoyable read.

      PS: I do hope to be able to offer both Amazon France and Amazon USA and… in the near future. The tricky side of working with Amazon, they have you set up with one country at a time. Stay tuned.

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