A Waiter in Paris

A Waiter in Paris: Adventures in the Dark Heart of the City

Paperback Published on: 06/04/2023
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A Waiter in Paris
Watching Roaches Climb the Wall
This is a hugely enjoyable journey into the underbelly of a fashionable Parisian restaurant, and a heartbreaking account of the fragility of existence face... READ MORE
Ruth at Canterbury
A Waiter in Paris
A New Favourite!!!
I LOVE this book so so so much! It is definitely up between my favourites - huge words from a bookseller, but very true. I’ve been waiting for so long to w... READ MORE
Nora - Trafalgar Square


'Ah, Paris...gastronomie magnifique and... insane shit going on behind the scenes.'

A Waiter in Paris charts Edward Chisholm's jaw-dropping experiences while serving tables in the French capital, a demi-monde of sadistic managers, thieves, fighting for tips and drug dealers.

A waiter's job is to deceive you. They want you to believe in a luxurious calm because on the other side of that door...is hell.

Edward Chisholm's spellbinding memoir of his time as a Parisian waiter is the perfect summer read. It takes you below the surface of one of the most iconic cities in the world and right into its glorious underbelly.

He inhabits a world of inhuman hours, snatched sleep and dive bars; scraping by on coffee, bread and cigarettes, often under sadistic managers, with a wage so low you're fighting your colleagues for tips. Colleagues - including thieves, narcissists, ex-Legionnaires, paperless immigrants, wannabe actors and drug dealers - who are the closest thing to family that you've got.

It's physically demanding, frequently humiliating and incredibly competitive. But it doesn't matter because you're in Paris, the centre of the universe, and there's nowhere else you'd rather be in the world.

  • Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781800960206
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 336g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 34 mm

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A Waiter in Paris
Thinks he is Orwell
This was mildly entertaining but firstly far too long and secondly the writer seems to only care about Parisians if they are men... Shocking lack of care f... READ MORE
Imogen Grieves
A Waiter in Paris
Restaurant picaresque in Paris
A good book, enjoyable and (to me) quite enlightening about living in Paris (and probably more generally) as a waiter, albeit, in his personal case, an acc... READ MORE
Clarisa Butler