Novels and Real Life Tales

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

Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette: On the Road in the Real Rural France

Serge Bastarde Ate My BaguetteWhen ex-blues drummer John Dummer decamps to France to start up as an antiques dealer and live the simple life, he doesn't count on meeting Serge Bastarde. The lovable (if improbably named) rogue and brocanteur offers to teach John...

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D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

D-Day: The Battle for NormandyMaking use of overlooked and new material from over thirty archives in half a dozen countries, D-Day is the most vivid and well-researched account yet of the battle of Normandy. As with Stalingrad and Berlin, Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war...

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The Secret Life of France

Secret Life of FranceIn The Secret Life of France Lucy leads us on a journey through the French moral maze and examines French attitudes to a range of subjects from marriage and adultery to work and race relations. By taking apart the clichés she helps us gain a better understanding of this nearest and most alien of...

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Detour De France: An Englishman in Search of a Continental Education

Detour De France Though happy enough with his lot, Michael Simkins has never truly shaken the nagging doubt - helpfully upheld by his partner Julia - that he somehow lacks worldly sophistication. Armed only with 50 Useful French Phrases he embarks on an odyssey that takes him from Manche to the Riviera...

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A Chateau of One's Own: Restoration Misadventures in France

A Chateau of One's OwnSam and Bud were ordinary first-time home buyers in their early thirties. Their intention, in moving to France, was to create a simple life in a place where they could spend time with their children. The home they actually bought was a 17th century chateau...

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Chateau Monty

Chateau MontyTop wine critic and author, Monty Waldin, has decided to put his money where his opinionated mouth is and pack it all in to make wine biodynamically in rural France. He has just over a year to turn 5.4 acres into top selling organic wine. Renovating an old cabin on his vineyard so he can babysit his vines...

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I'll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do)

I'll never be FrenchTired of Provence in books, cuisine, and tablecloths? Exhausted from your armchair travels to Paris? Despairing of ever finding a place that speaks to you beyond reason? You are ripe for a journey to Brittany, where author Mark Greenside...

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A Piano in the Pyrenees

A Piano in the PyreneesInspired by breathtaking views and romantic dreams of finding love in the mountains, Tony Hawks impulsively buys a house in the French Pyrenees. Here, he plans to finally fulfil his childhood fantasy of mastering the piano...

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C'est La Folie

C'est La FolieOne day in late summer, Michael Wright gave up his comfortable South London existence and, with only his long-suffering cat for company, set out to begin a new life. His destination was 'La Folie', a dilapidated 15th century farmhouse in need of love...

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A Botcher in France

A Botcher in FranceIdly leafing through the Sunday supplements, Trevor Danby spotted an advertisement for what seemed like implausibly cheap properties in the Charente region of France. Intrigued, but without any intention to buy, he contacted the agents and set off...

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Au Revoir: Running Away from Home at Fifty

Running Away from Home at FiftyLiving the good life in the Blue Mountains in Australia with her husband, four grown-up children and four (and counting) grandchildren, Mary Moody's life was full. Like many women of her generation, caught up with...

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A Normandy Tapestry: A Portrait of Rural France

A Normandy Tapestry: A Portrait of Rural FranceThe author moved to France with his wife and children to study French. The job he found to pay for his studies, 'taking on' and selling French property, has taken him behind the scenes of French rural life...

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Selling French Dreams: Tales of Property, France and Family

Selling French Dreams-tales of property, family and France Selling French Dreams-tales of property, family and France, this is the sequel to A Normandy Tapestry, and deals with the author's time working as an estate agent in Normandy and Brittany. This book is probably the most important non-technical book on French property ever written, and certainly one of the most entertaining.

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A French Restoration: The Pleasures and Perils of Renovating a Property in France

A French Restoration: The Pleasures and Perils of Renovating a Property in FranceThis work is a charming and informative account of renovating a property in France. When you fall in love common sense flies out of the window. This is how it was for David and Doris Johnson when they found a down-at-heel mini château in the heartland of France.

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Bon Courage!: A French Renovation in Rural Limousin

Bon Courage!: A French Renovation in Rural LimousinA dilapidated, rat-infested stone barn set amidst thirteen acres of overgrown woodland and unkempt pasture might not be many people's vision of a potential dream home. But for English couple Richard and his wife Al, the cavernous, oak-beamed building in a sleepy hamlet of the Limousin region of France is perfect.

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Bonne Chance!: Building a Life in Rural France

Bonne Chance!: Building a Life in Rural FranceDeep in the Limousin countryside, Richard Wiles bought his dream home. But little did he expect to be living full time in the dilapidated farmhouse while struggling to finish the conversion during the insect plagues of summer and the harsh blizzards of winter.

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