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Abandoned France

This book is not what you would expect, perhaps, to have on your coffee table, but it will certainly become a talking point.

Rather than a roundup of beautiful architecture in France, here you have some of the places that look like everyone has forgotten. So you can follow the trail of the abandoned Gandrange steelworks or the decommissioned Uckange blast furnaces in Lorraine.

There is the spectacular marine graveyard in Brittany’s Crozon peninsula and even a forgotten chateau on the outskirts of Paris.

Many of the pictures are not beautifu,l but they are arresting, and the stories behind them fascinating.

Author, Sylvain Margain travels around France in search of forbidden and often overlooked places. In this way he draws attention to the sometimes dramatic fate of the country’s heritage,the preservation of which has become a matter for serious reflection.Generously illustrated with many full-page full colour photographs, this is a book you will not forget.

Abandoned France, by Sylvain Margaine & David Margaine, published by Jonglez Publishing 2017, hardcover, fully illustrated, rrp USD39.95.


 - reviewed by Sally Hammond


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