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Martin Nadaud
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  • Published: 15 August 1999
  • ISBN: 9780701168674
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $54.99
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Martin Nadaud


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The long-awaited new book from one of our finest writers on France, Martin Nadaud is an exceptional work of miniaturist history that recreates through the life of a little-known figure the turbulent era of Paris in the mid-nineteenth century.

Martin Nadaud tells the true story of an itinerant stone mason from the Creuse region, at the georgraphical heart of France, who became a builder and architect in Paris and who would eventually return to his birthplace as Prefect of the entire department. Self-taught, Nadaud was a republican who warmed to the emerging theories of socialism that would liberate so many of his class. After the failure of the 1848 revolution, he was forced to flee to a long and lonely political exile in London, returning again to Paris at the time of the Commune in 1871 to regain his public life.

  • Pub date: 15 August 1999
  • ISBN: 9780701168674
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $54.99

About the Author

Gillian Tindall

Gillian Tindall is a master of miniaturist history, well known for the quality of her writing and the scrupulousness of her research; she makes a handful of people, a few locations or a dramatic event stand for the much larger picture, as her seminal book The Fields Beneath, approached the history of Kentish Town, London. She has also written on London's Southbank (The House by the Thames), on southern English counties (Three Houses, Many Lives), and the Left Bank (Footprints in Paris), amongst other locations, as well as biography and prize-winning novels. Her latest book, The Tunnel through Time, traces the history of the Crossrail route, the forthcoming ‘Elizabeth’ line. She has lived in the same London house for over fifty years.

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