Helen Martin

Helen Martin

In days long gone by most good guidebooks were essentially travel books. Charming, personal and full of odd little facts known only to the author. To a great extent these honourable tomes have been swept away on the tide of serial guides. They tell you where to lay your weary head, how much you should budget to do so, where to eat, drink and be merry and a great deal about the history and architecture of your chosen destination into the bargain. Invaluable stuff, and nobody should attempt a new region without one. But if you want to scratch just a little deeper, really get under the skin of the area you intend to visit, then what?

If your area happens to the Lot you need look no further, Helen Martin supplies it all. Lot, Travels Through a Limestone Landscape is a vast volume of impeccably researched fact and delicious personal preference. She doesn’t tell you where to eat and sleep, eschewing the role of conventional guide in favour of friend and mentor.
You can wander down the timeless tracks of this ancient land in the certain knowledge that Helen was there before you, and can not only identify but probably give you the entire history of the quaint little church with the rounded apse that has just appeared in your path. And later, as you sit on the terrace of your holiday gite, consuming olives and sipping dark Cahors wine, gazing out at the fabulous blue of a Quercy summer’s day, and wondering just what there may be to see in the tiny village on the horizon, Helen will tell you.
She puts meat on the bones of other guidebooks.

Published by Moho Books RRP £18.99
Available at all good book shops in the UK and the Quercy.

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© Amanda Lawrence 2008

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Book Review – Lot by Helen Martin from French Vie

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