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A Quiet Life - somewhat regretted

Advantages: A very personal take on a life
Disadvantages: None

We come to books by many routes, some more serendipitous than others. Some we have no expectations of, some fail to live up to our expectations and some… some prove to be exactly what we'd hoped, when we deliberately decided that this was one to seek out ...

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Review of A Notable Woman - Jean Lucey Pratt

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Jimmy who?

Advantages: A look inside the head of a personal hero
Disadvantages: It's just a bit dull

Who Hell He? First things first because if you're not American then I know you'll be asking, "Who's Jimmy Buffett?" The simple answer is - he's an American National Treasure. It's difficult for us here in Britain to understand just how famous this ...

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Review of A Pirate Looks at Fifty - Jimmy Buffett

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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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Review of A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle

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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 ‘ ...

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Review of A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle

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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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Review of A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle

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