Reading for the Road:
Books About Normandy
We at The Slow Road answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers. We’ve put together reading lists, which include books about Normandy —from novels to great guidebooks—that have really opened up our favourite regions. Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people.
Must-Read Books about Normandy
Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
The Secret Life of the Seine
After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river.
D-Day June 6, 1944, The Climactic Battle of World War II Stephen Ambrose Written by the best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose, this well researched book draws together interviews and government documents to tell the gripping tale of D-Day. This comprehensive account contains 32 pages of photos and eight maps.
Michelin Green Guide Normandy Michelin Travel Publications A thorough introduction to Normandy and the Channel islands in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions. Organized alphabetically, we like it for its broad coverage, and especially for its excellent local maps.
A Time to Keep Silence Patrick Leigh Fermor This entrancing chronicle of sojourns in the monasteries of Solesmes, Wandrille and La Grande Trappe in Normandy in the 1940s concludes with a visit to Cappadocia’s rock chapels, hewn of stone and long abandoned.