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now at Abbey Bookshop

You can get lost in here.  The Abbey Bookshop is tucked in a side street a hop skip and a jump from Notre Dame.  But the single-door entrance is a portal to another world.  Much like the room of requirement in Harry Potter, a hole in the wall goes on and on on the inside.

This independent bookshop carries a mix of new and used, almost exclusively in English.  Travel, cooking, history, novels and a vast section of French interest and memoirs written by expats like me.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.  It probably is, you may just need to ask for Brian’s help to find it!

Ask him for your copy of French License!

The Abbey Bookshop

29 rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris

Métro stop: Cluny-La Sorbonne (ligne 10) or St-Michel

Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday

+33 1 46 33 16 24

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now at Passion Automobile

What an appropriate place to start for a car book!  French License is now available for purchase at the Passion Automobile bookstore in Paris.  They’re owned by ETAI, which produces automotive manuals and guides.  It’s a treasure-trove of stylish coffee-table books from the golden age of motoring.  If you’re passionate about a certain brand, like Morgan or Bugatti, or style, like convertible, they’re certain to have it there.  Raphaël behind the counter is very helpful, and speaks a bit of English.

It’s near the Luxembourg Gardens and the Saint Sulpice church.  Take the métro line 4 and exit St-Sulpice (or take M° 12 to the Rennes station).  Now would be a good time.  They just opened for the day.

Librairie Passion Automobile

83 rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris

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last KDP giveaway

Today only, the French License eBook is available as a FREE download when you sign up to my newsletter. A $5.99 value full-length book! Start here:





No need to thank me, just let me know what you think with a review 🙂

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Paperback writer

That new car smell!  That new book smell!  Now, introducing, that new car book smell!

French License is now available in paperback!

It’s 290 pages of pure adrenaline.  Well, one chapter of adrenaline (#39), and many laughs along the way.  Here’s how you can order a physical copy, to put behind your glass bookcase under lock and key, next to your fuzzy dice, with halogen lights shining brightly on the cover for all your friends to admire:

Buy on eStore by CreateSpace

Once you’ve read French License, please let me know what you thought on Goodreads, and help guide others in their deliberations by reviewing on Amazon.

Links to celebrate:

Paperback writer video by Beatles who seem to wish they were somewhere else reading a book

Bookshop Sketch (at last the 1948 show)



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