Guide Books, Literature & Hiking Maps – France: Normandy

The following books are some of many we would recommend for reading before, during, and after your trip with us to Normandy. Some are what we would call ‘background’ reading, some are specific to the trip you will be doing, and all are excellent preparation and fun to read, counting the days before your holiday begins…

GUIDE BOOKS / LITERATURE

LONELY PLANET: NORMANDY
Author: Jeanne Oliver, Publisher: Lonely Planet
From lofty cliffs and glamorous beach resorts to sleepy villages on the Seine, Normandy is a sensory delight. This detailed guide will help you explore the region’s fascinating heritage and the landscape that inspired the Impressionist movement. Includes 25 detailed maps, including a plan of Rouen’s stunning cathedral, in-depth special section on the D-Day landings, accommodation options ranging from cliffside camp sites to sumptuous mansions, the cream of Normandy’s famously rich cuisine
Normandy Lonely Planet
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN NORMANDY
Author: Hugh Palmer, Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Normandy is a vast region of open country and woodland, stretching from the limestone plateau of the Pays de Caux in the northeast to Mont-St-Michel and the Cotentin peninsula in the west, where the villages anticipate the sturdy architecture of Brittany, and to the hills of the Perche Normand in the south, a famous horse-breeding region. It is also a coastal land of towering cliffs and sandy beaches, imbued with a poignant sense of momentous historical events and punctuated by delicious villages.
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Most Beautiful Villages of Normandy
D-DAY: THE BATTLE FOR NORMANDY
Author: Antony Beevor, Publisher: Penguin Books
The #1 internationally bestselling history of D-Day is now enhanced with rare video footage from the NBC News Archives for the ultimate narrative of the battle for Normandy.”Glorious, horrifying…D-Day is a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women.”””Time
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D-Day the Battle for Normandy, Antony Beevor

HOLDING JUNO
Author: Mark Zuehlke, Publisher:Douglas & McIntyre
At D-Day’s end, the Canadians, who had landed on Juno Beach, were six miles inland “” the deepest penetration achieved by Allied forces on this infamous day. But every soldier on this front line knew worse was yet to come. For in the darkness the Germans were massing, intent on throwing them back to sea. With dramatic intensity, Holding Juno re-creates the ensuing battle and ultimate Canadian triumph and includes fascinating first-person soldier accounts as well as photos and maps.

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Holding Juno by Mark Zuehlke