Novels and Real Life Tales

Read real life tales from other people who have made the move to France and novels...

Travels With Tinkerbelle: 6,000 Miles Around France In A Mechanical Wreck

FranceThe author and her husband devised a simple plan – to take a tent and the dog and drive around the perimeter of France...

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Mediterranean Homesick Blues: A Diary of Life-affirming Disasters on the Cote D'Azur

Mediterranean Homesick Blues: A Diary of Life-affirming Disasters on the Cote D'AzurThe year is 1994 and long time Francophile, undergraduate and hapless romantic Ben Chatfield spends a year split between teaching English to rowdy teenagers in Cannes and taking drinks orders from their topless mums on a beach in St. Tropez....

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A Summer Abroad: Clotheslines, Bouchons, and Snails That Eat the Mail

A Summer AbroadIn 2006, after two years of shuttling her husband to and from the airport while he traveled to France regularly for work, de facto single mother Lisa Knotts was rewarded with the opportunity of a lifetime: to move her family to France for the summer...

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A Call From France

A Call From FranceShort listed for the Crema prize for new writers, A Call From France is set in France and tells, with wit and with love, the story of a British family who tried to settle there...

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Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog

Ten Trees and a Truffle DogThere is a moment every morning when the countryside takes a pause. The birds stop singing, the dogs choke back their barks, and cats pause mid-stride. Everything waits. Its in this vacuum that a man working alone has the best chance of finding truffles...

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Coping with Cowboys in Cote D'Azur

Coping with Cowboys in Côte D'AzurThe path to fulfilling your biggest dreams is often a difficult one, as Marina and Roger Mattiasson discover in this hugely enjoyable read...

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Toby's Tails

Languedoc-RoussillonSet in the French countryside, Toby's Tails relates the first year in the life of the author's Border Collie, starting with his earliest recollections on the farm where he was born...

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The Olive Season

The Olive SeasonThe Olive Farm told how Carol Drinkwater and partner Michel fell in love with and bought an abandoned Provencal olive farm. Now, in The Olive Season, Carol is pregnant and their ever-loyal gardener is leaving to oversee the marriage of his son...

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A Place In France: An Indian Summer

Place in FranceAn immensely humorous and original tale of Englishmen abroad, inspired from the hit Channel 4 series. Charting the adventures of affable yet bumbling Nigel, looking for a place to renovate in the deepest Ardeche ...

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Our Man in Paris: A Foreign Correspondent, France and the French

Our Man in ParisSince 1997 John Lichfield, The Independent's correspondent in France, has been sending dispatches back to the newspaper in London. More than transient news stories, the popular 'Our Man in Paris' series consists of essays on all things French ...

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Another Country : The British in France

Another countryAnother Country is the first book of photographs devoted to the British in France. In the footsteps of Walker Evans, Rip Hopkins’ 68 portraits provide a record that is both personal and objective, showing the real and imaginary world of British expats in France ...

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The Happy Hooker: Expat Intrigue - Living with the Enemy in Deepest France

Happy HookerDrink, debauchery and mischief. Yes, a heady mix for the young, but an even more dangerous cocktail for the hundreds of thousands of 'mature' Brits who have chosen to make a foreign country their retreat . . . on a permanent basis ...

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The Letter in the Bottle

The Letter in the BottleOn a winter's day in 2002, a bottle shaped like a tear washed up on the Kent coast. It contained a letter written in French, a lock of hair, and a mystery. Only one thing could be known for certain - that the writer of the letter was a mother, grieving for her lost child, Maurice...

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Toute Allure: Falling in Love in Rural France

Toute Allure: Falling in Love in Rural FranceAfter reaching the heights as a successful fashion editor, Karen said goodbye to all that and set about renovating a run-down house in rural Poitou-Charentes, in central western France, and living a simpler life...

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Not Another Bloody Goat!

The Goatlady of Les PeninsTravel to the last house on a narrow French country road and meet its colourful residents in Not Another Bloody Goat! The Goatlady of Les Penins, Lois Tuffield’s true-life account of two years spent in western France with her husband and their animal friends...

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House in the sunflowers

House in the sunflowersIn the late 1970s in the south-west of France, Ruth Silvestre and her family found Bel-Air de Grezelongue, a house that had been deserted and uninhabited for ten years. They fell in love with it...

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Return to the Olive Farm

Collins French Dictionary and GrammaAfter almost two years of solitary travelling, Carol Drinkwater returns home to her olive farm in Provence to find that France is at the forefront of an organic revolution. 2 per cent of French farming has gone 'bio', become organic, and others are following...

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For Better For Worse, For Richer For Poorer

For Better For Worse, For Richer For PoorerDamian Horner is scared that fifteen years in advertising have turned him into a bastard. As he approaches his fortieth birthday, he wants to see if he can be a good husband and a good father before it's too late. Siobhan, his wife, would like to find out too but has other worries...

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Nancy Wake

Nancy WakeNancy Wake is one of the true heroines of the Second World War. Born in New Zealand, she was living in Marseille and was married to Frenchman Henri Fiocca when the Germans invaded. Nancy immediately became active in the Resistance movement, smuggling messages and food...

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the HedgehogRenée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building on the Left Bank. To the residents she is honest, reliable and uncultivated an ideal concierge. But Renée has a secret. Beneath this conventional façade she is passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives....

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Moondrop to Gascony

Moondrop to GasconyOn a cold, moonlit night in January 1944, Anne-Marie Walters, just 20 years old, parachuted into southwest France to work with the Resistance in preparation for the long-awaited Allied invasion. The daughter of a British father and a French mother...

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