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Living the French rural idyll

Advantages: Beautiful imagery, writing, sense of place
Disadvantages: Its possible effects on Brits seeking the Provencal life

...At some point in the late 1990s, probably when I was studying Higher French and becoming more interested in the culture and lifestyle of France, I picked up my dads copy of A Year In Provence. I was enticed by the watercolour painting of a vineyard and pr ...

eilidhcatriona 02.08.2009 · Read full review
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365 days of boredom .... but I liked it

Advantages: T'was a freebie!
Disadvantages: You know, I don't think there were any?

...of choosing was upon us again. Would I plump for a Francis? A Koontz? A Mansell? An author I was familiar with? Nah, went for a Mayle. A Peter Mayle. An author and book that I had only fleetingly heard about when John Thaws visual offering of ‘ ...

ASIL1508 20.10.2001 · Read full review
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Have you lived on the Med?

Advantages: True to life
Disadvantages: For me none

Having lived in a Mediterranean country, my chosen was Spain, and travelled widely throughout France,I found this book hysterical. I felt as if I were back in France or Spain. Knowing the Gallic shrug very well, as I am very close to a French family, I co ...

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The Book of the Ninties

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"A Year in Provence" and its sequel ""Toujours Provence" were for the ninties what James Herriot's classic farmyard antics were for the eighties: deliciously funny, escapist writing that tugged upon the nation's collective desire to escape the hum-drum of ...

Jeremiah 22.06.2000 · Read full review

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Catherine of all the Russias: a strong and successful figurehead

Advantages: Good, objective biography of a powerful figure
Disadvantages: Some tangential material could have been omitted

... The book This biography tells the story of the woman who was to become Catherine the Great, who reigned as Empress of Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796. Born Sophia Augusta Frederica of the modest German principality Anhalt-Zerbst in 1729, ...

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Review of Catherine the Great - Robert K. Massie

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