• A Waiter in Paris

  • Adventures in the Dark Heart of the City
  • By: Edward Chisholm
  • Narrated by: Orlando Wells
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2022 Edward Chisholm (P)2022 Octopus Publishing Group

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  • Dr C
  • 08-11-22

Really well-written and read

I really enjoyed this. If you’re read Down and Out in London and Paris you may well love this too. An ethnography of the waiter’s world. I’ve never been to Paris but if I ever go, I’ll leave a huge tip for the waiters as their life sounds like a nightmare. Loads of interesting characters!

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  • kate
  • 08-05-22

very very good

I really enjoyed this book, it is so interesting the narrative was amazing, thank you for such a enjoyable read

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  • Danny
  • 07-20-22

Very little content

A long account of a time in the author's life where very little happens. Hate to say this but I found it a little boring. I persevered with the hope of a little excitement, however was disappointed

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  • David
  • 07-11-22

A fantastic and insightful story

This book would be suitable for someone from the hospitality world.

The real struggle to survive within a busy restaurant is portrayed extremely well.


The dark side to hospitality that the customer doesn’t see. The tips and tricks a restaurant uses. The waiters and chefs with ambitions to do something else but find themselves still working within a restaurant.

I’m a chef and really enjoyed this audio book.

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  • Mrs C.L.Wylie
  • 06-15-22

Captivating insight into the Underbelly of a Parisienne Restaurant

Great development of the characters in his story. he brought the characters likeable or not … to life .. felt like you were in Paris with him. He told his experience honestly including the racist behaviour that went on unchallenged both in and behind the dining rooms.
Anyone who has been to Paris will find something for them in this book. A coming of age story that takes you back to your own post student days when you were trying to find your place in the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-22

Enjoyable read

Thought provoking and insightful. Enjoyable read. Great narrator too. I am looking forward to next book!