The Carcassonne Affair – Expat Living In France With a Few Complications

July 24, 2012 in Action & Adventure, Books, Fiction

Expat LivingWriters tend to live in cocooned worlds, often distanced from the life they write about. Mark Brayfeld was no exception. And when he took the decision to leave London and move to a tranquil rural retreat in South West France it didn’t occur to him that bestselling authors are often dogged by their success in unusual ways.

Expat Living FranceWhat Mark hadn’t realised as he upped sticks, ended a relationship, and moved to warmer climes, was that his about to be published next novel was worrying the life out of an amoral London financier. Mark’s previous book had thrown light on unsavoury goings-on in the horse racing world, and Stuart Maleric realised that if Mark’s sequel spilled any more beans his reputation could be sunk in short order. Maleric vowed to do whatever was necessary to put a stop to that happening.

Expat life in France beckoned, but neither Mark or the new friends he soon made had any idea of the ruthless people who were about to land in their midst.

This is a book that gently rocks you out of slumber and bit by bit slips in the vicissitudes of life that can change your life for ever. A humdinger of a novel.

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A Woman Scorned

“I was still surprised at how little this mattered to me; how unmoved, how indifferent I felt. And it wasn’t a question of being wound up, or stressed, or being in a blind fury. I just didn’t care, and could see with the utmost clarity that a change in my life was taking place as she ranted on. When I left the house that very night I would have no intention of returning for anything. Absolutely anything. I wanted out, fast . . . permanently, and she had been the one who’d prompted it. These had been her words, her ideas, but they suited my wishes to the letter.”

Murder Mysteries

“Grievance, lawyers, battles – what on earth was going on, Miriam wondered. Mark’s last book may not have sold well, but she couldn’t believe it contained ammunition for people to rail against, and certainly not for lawyers to get bothered about and pop wigs on their heads. A novel about the racing world and the folk who dreamed of beating the bookies was not material for the Old Bailey.”

Action and Adventure

“Kev left La Grenade as he’d entered it – through the window at the rear. He’d re-bolted the front doors. The more time he gave himself to clear the area the better, and open doors would only invite curiosity, he believed.
An hour later Kev abandoned O’Dowd’s car in a tree-lined street in Castelnaudary close to the railway station, a barren part of town with little to commend it, bought a ticket for the next train to Toulouse, and crossed to the solitary cafe across the road. For the first time that day he felt able to relax a little, but there were loose ends to tie up. Mobile phone in hand, he made the first call as a waiter arrived to take his order.”

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

February 3, 2012 in Books, Fiction, Humour

Expat Living France - Jonathan VealeDrink, 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. In this first of a series of revelations, Jonathan Veale portrays the lives of, we suspect, his friends and acquaintances with a friendly eye and, thank goodness, keeps his own ego and nose out of the equation. As a birdwatcher studies the habitat of the common sparrow, so Jonathan observes the nesting habits of a group of characters who get up to all sorts of mischief. This is a book that should be kept away from mother-in-laws; if they get hold of it, the secrets of an away from it all life will be exposed and the consequences long lasting. What is life really like as an expat? This book reveals all, and teases, amuses and informs with the lightest of touches.

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This book is the printed version of Jonathan’s two Kindle books of ex-pat living in France combined. So it is the perfect solution for anyone without an eReader who wants to get hold of his humorous tales of France.

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Book Reviews

How welcome to find a book that makes one laugh so much. This is a most entertaining series of intrigues undertaken by members of a local expat community here in France. The characters are quite believable and instantly recognisable as if in our own village. There is a sharp wit that is found throughout each story and a lovely twist by the end. This is not just a run-of-the-mill expat book but a real gem. An ideal Xmas present for unsuspecting francophile friends. I cannot wait for the sequel. Written by Tommo on Amazon

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Expat Living in Rural France – Still Barking

January 31, 2012 in Books, Fiction, Humour

Expat Living in Rural France The second in a two volume series of books on what life is like for an expat, living in a rural part of the South of France. Continuing on from the short story listing of Volume 1, Jonathan Veale adds more meat to the bones of his expat living in France tales. A humorous take on the comings and goings of expats as they visit the Cochon and Sifflet village bar, mixing with the locals, getting embroiled with some local politics and often creating a little bit of a furore themselves. All done for the most part under the watchful eye of the bar’s proprietor who, in an attempt to improve his English, sends regular updates by email to his famous cartoonist friend. A very much tongue in cheek offering of light entertainment and humour.

Volume 2

Like the first volume, the episodes in these books are complete stories in themselves and offer more insights into, amongst other things, property buying in France, dealing with the authorities, and generally getting along without upsetting the locals.

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Expat Living FranceIf you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out volume 1 of the ‘Expat Living in Rural France‘ series. If you like the look of the books, then it would make sense to buy volume 1 first. But of course the choice is entirely yours.

Book Reviews

Another French expat book that I found very entertaining, a very worth while read for the Anglophile. Written by Traveller on Amazon

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Expat Living in Rural France – Still Life in the Old Dogs

January 30, 2012 in Books, Fiction, Humour

Expat Living in Rural FranceIf you’ve ever wondered what British expat property owners get up to in France when their friends and relations depart . . . and what it’s like living in France all year round, then these fictional tales reveal everything. Unexpurgated! Little is left to the imagination. Unlike many books of this kind, the author plays no part in these adventures. He’s far too wise . . . or perhaps past it. But his humorous observations and revelations do suggest he has been party to many such goings-on.

Volume 1

The episodes in these books are complete stories in themselves and offer insights into, amongst other things, property buying in France, dealing with the authorities, and generally getting along without upsetting the locals. And one  shares his insights via an email dialogue with a famous English cartoonist, his medium for trying to learn the language of the incomers.

If you don’t say to yourself after reading these tales, ‘perhaps I should think about investing in a small property in France myself’, you’ll not be human. But a cold shower might be wiser.

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Expat Living FranceIf you want more stories along the same theme take a look at Volume 2 of the ‘Expat Living in Rural France‘ series. Lots more humorous short stories that are sure to take your fancy if you liked Volume 1.

Book Reviews

Want to know more about the French, or dream of moving to France? Then these collections of short stories are a must read. I always guessed expats had secret lives once their seasonal guests left. These books reveal all. If you love France, fantasise about getting away from it all, and ever wondered whether this could be the life for you . . . read these stories first. Personally I can’t wait to meet these characters for real in the bar of Le Cochon et Sifflet in the author’s fictional town of Castelverdun. Written by Waldo on Amazon

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