Tales of Two Cities

Paris, London and the Birth of the Modern City

Jonathan Conlin

RRP: £9.99

5 June 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848870253

RRP: £12.99

1 June 2013

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848870260

RRP: £8.99

1 June 2013

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782390190

Paris and London have long held a mutual fascination, and never more so than in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when they both vied to be the world’s greatest city. Each city has been the focus of many books, yet here Jonathan Conlin uncovers the intriguing relationship between them for the first time. It is a history of surprises: Sherlock Holmes was actually French, the can-can was English and the first restaurant served English food in Paris.

Tales of Two Cities examines and compares six urban spaces – the street, the cemetery, the apartment, the restaurant, the music hall and the nocturnal underworld. The citizens of Paris and London were the first to create these landmarks of the modern cityscape. By borrowing, imitating and learning from each other they invented the modern metropolis and so defined urban living for us all.