I was drawn to Emma Beddington’s book, We’ll Always Have Paris, for two reasons. Firstly, I’m a huge fan of her writing on her brilliant blog, Belgian Waffling, and secondly as a failed Parisienne myself, the sub-title “Trying and Failing to Be French” was always going to hook me in.
We’ll Always Have Paris is a beautifully written memoir, which covers Emma’s life in England, France and Belgium. She covers some very emotional topics in a graceful way, whilst capturing the joys and difficulties of living in another country with humour and honesty. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to move to Paris or Brussels, this would be a good place to start, although spoiler: it’s not easy with young kids. I found myself nodding along in recognition at every encounter Emma had with French bureaucracy – I still don’t know how we managed to survive two years there and pay the correct tax and have the right documents to not get arrested. Sometimes it felt like we were in a sadistic form filling based reality TV show. I still have nightmares thinking about the paperwork we needed to get married.
I’d highly recommend Emma’s writing; she writes beautifully about a myriad of different topics and definitely captures life in her part of Paris. Available on Amazon here.