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A Farewell to France [Paperback]

Noel Barber
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July 1985
Sonia Riccardi, impetuous and sensual, was a woman no man could resist. And Larry Astell, heir to a champagne fortune, knew their passion was the most important part of his life. Until war placed in jeopardy all they held dear - love, family and country.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reissue edition (July 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380680645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380680641
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,238,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Noel Barber has enchanted millions of readers with his six bestselling novels. In these powerfully exotic novels he drew upon his own experience as one of the leading foreign correspondents from the 40s to the 60s working on the Daily Mail. He was the first Briton to reach the South Pole since Scott, was stabbed five times while covering the wars in Morocco and was shot during the Hungarian uprising. He died in 1988. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a real favourite 14 April 2010
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I first read this on a French campsite in 1998 and have searched for it unsuccesfully since. Having re-read it I have appreciated it all the more. It is about a part of France - the Champagne region - I know little about, during WW2. Exquisitely crafted and very well researched it is a gripping read, that improves with rereading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this book! 18 Mar 2009
I read this book a number of years ago, when I got it out of the local library. basically I fell in love with it. A couple of years later, I saw it in a sale of old library books, and snapped it up for 50p. I've read it at least once a year since, and never tire of the thrilling account of France's fall and the love story that endured. Last year I read The Week France Fell by Mr BarberWeek France Fell, The: June 10-16, 1940It showed a number of the sources used to introduce little touches of historic fact into the fictional narrative. Both books come very highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 22 Oct 2006
Like all of Noel Barber's books, this one is unforgettable. His marvellous scope of World War 2 is fascinating and he must have been a marvellous and very knowledgeable man to know. I wish I could have known him. This book evokes a time when things were very different and people were actually fighting with their backs to the wall.

The story of the hero's time in France is so well drawn that you actually feel that you are there with him.

Barber is one of the best writers of this genre. Don't hesitate to read any of his book - you will be well rewarded, I know. If this is the first of his books you read I know you will want to read all his others.

The 'Daughters of the Prince', set in Italy during World War 2 is particularly excellent, as, I having been there many times and spoken to some of the older people who remember the war, can testify. His description of the battle at Monte Cassino is particularly good and it does make you wonder, if you visit there today, at the ingenuity of man in the marvellous restoration of that place.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful 1 Aug 2000
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I only know that this book is very exciting, interesting and entertaining, and it contains the most beatiful love story. I have read it twice. I recommend it very much and also all the other books of this same author: Noel Barber.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Farewell to France 24 Feb 2013
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I read this book quite some time ago and came across it while clearing some bookshelves. I lent it to my daughter to take back to France where she now lives. A while later she said how much she was enjoying it and I got the urge to re-read it and did`nt know how soon I would see my daughter again. So I went on to Amazon to look for a copy and and bought it. It`s a wonderful story set in the early years of the 2nd world war, in France, about a family with a brandy distilling business and how they become involved with the Resistance fighters. Their old house is taken over by the Germans but the ancient grandma is allowed to continue to live in her rooms at the top of the house. It is full of heroic deeds of courage and moments of sadness. I look forward to reading it soon. The book arrived very quickly so the service was very good, thankyou.
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