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An Acre Of The Dordogne [Kindle Edition]

Ian Burgess
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

SECOND EDITION.
Updated and improved.

In 2003 a lovely 200 year old stone cottage called Laurie, sitting in 4000 square metres or one acre of the Dordogne was bought by an English family. It changed their life completely and brought them joy and pain in equal measure, and in particular the husband and author of the book Ian Burgess.

The book traces their first tentative steps into foreign property ownership, the happy years in the middle and then in total honesty and candour the tragedy of a long marriage breaking up. Life starts again for the author when he moves to Laurie to get away from the pain of divorce for a few months, and ends up living the French dream in all its glory for three wonderful years!

The book is funny, touching and heart warming and sets off at a pace that never lets up. It also gives valuable tips, information and advice to would be house hunters in France and those who just love to dream about one day leaving UK to live abroad. Covering a six year period in nigh on 70,000 words from search and purchase, to eventual sale and au revoir France for a new life in the Far East this book is a winner.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GI28C4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I was born in Kent in 1958, attended state school and excelled in English and skipping off school in sixth form. I then spent thirty plus years in the advertising and marketing business, working at Suzuki as marketing services manager and then in several large ad agencies in London's west end.

In 1995 I started my own agency making it into the UK's biggest specialising in the motorcycle industry.

I was married to Deborah for 23 years and have three sons. I hold a diploma in business studies, one in sales promotion and a degree in marketing.

I then spent two and a half years living in the Philippines, and have written a follow up book to Acre of the Dordogne called A Barangay in Bohol, which is now available and selling well.

My latest book is of short fiction stories and called Coincidences, available now on amazon as a e-book for Kindle and other e-readers. If you like twists and the unexpected turn of events, murder mysteries and intrigue Coincidences is for you.

I am now working on a novel called The Sentant Verses which covers a 70 year span from Libya in the immediate aftermath of the overthrow of General Ghadaffi to the end of the second world war in Europe. The Sentant Verses shows that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; nothing happens in isolation. Oil, intrigue, east meeting west and the manipulation of history by the superpowers all add up to a fast paced spy story full of action and mystery.

I like to think that I have a good sense of humour but find some things and some people too annoying or serious to be funny.

I am happily married to Jenny from the Philippines and live quietly in France with a cat called Mimms.














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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A truly awful book 27 Jan. 2014
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I was hoping for a well written book about life in rural france. Instead I found a very badly written diatribe full of bitterness about a failed marriage. This man has no self awareness and is incapable of telling a story. The narrative is rambling and disjointed. Nothing of interest happens to him.and yet he is utterly self obsessed and we are treated to endless comments about how terrible his wife is. At the end of the book he apologises to his three sons for failing them, he should apologise to his readers too for he has most certainly failed them. Please don't write another
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster ride! 4 Jan. 2012
By DCC
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Well this was my first Kindle book and couldnt stop reading it! An idyllic view of southern France but keep reading for the rollercoaster of events, nice informative writing style, thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self indulgent! 21 Oct. 2014
By AJB
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As a novel this book was a disappointment. Having been through a similar personal experience as the author after a 30 year relationship, it appears to me that he has used the book to vent his spleen to the extent that it has ended up as an exercise in total self indulgence.
Sorry, would not recommend this poorly scripted story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 1 Jun. 2013
By Rosie
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i love France and have lived there on and off for some time so enjoyed the stories. this book is a super read, couldnt put it down
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Author did not truly love France 2 Dec. 2012
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In my opinion author was shallow in his love of the subject he wrote about which tainted the subject matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A love affair with a house 10 Mar. 2015
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I really enjoyed this account of the author's choice of a second home in the Dordogne which came to be so much more than that. I won't give the details away but I appreciated the author's honesty about his difficulties though I'm not sure I would do the same. It was interesting to read about the way he integrated in his community because he embraced parts of rural French life that many expats don't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Acre of The Dordogne 26 Feb. 2015
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Enjoyed the story of finding the house and descriptions of the area as it is one we have been to!
Such a shame that the marriage came to an end!
Not sure his view on Spain is valid as this is where we live and love it!!
Mind you Villamartin a life away from Almeria Province in the campo!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beautiful Dordogne 17 Jan. 2012
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A lovely book about a couple who want a bolt hole in the Dordogne and find a place which needs refurbishing. We go through the ups and downs of the purchase and refurbishment. Unfortunately the couple split and the author is obviously very hurt and angry, this comes across in his writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
not the best by a long chalk
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill book had me laughing and sad felt for him in marriage breakup...
Brill book had me laughing and sad felt for him in marriage breakup been there but like him over it would have found it hard giving up Laurie and friends
Published 7 months ago by pal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great light read
Great light read and account of living and falling in love with the Dordogne region of France a must for anyone who is and wanting to learn more about french life, enjoyed .
Published 9 months ago by tomatojane
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent book for those who dream of living in France or love to holiday in France. Definitely would recommend this book.
Published 10 months ago by Amanda Barnes
3.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Account
Some of these books are basically diaries in book form but this was well written and honest. Perhaps too honest in parts, particularly about his relationship with his wife who I... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hutson
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I hadn't started this book
I do not like to stop reading a book once I have started - I just wish I had not started this one. Do the publishers not employ proof readers? Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ross Russell
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass quickly by...
Poorly written, poorly edited, self-absorbed rubbish. I wish I'd not ignored my instincts to put it down; don't waste your money!
Published 13 months ago by D. Begg
5.0 out of 5 stars An Acre of the Dordogne
Enjoyable from start to finish even the sad parts. Read it in one sitting. Recommend it, well written and lovely descriptions of the country
Published 14 months ago by Panda
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, I would not have been able to leave the house or the...
One of the best books in its class. A real insight into this part of France. I wish I had the will to move over now.
Published 16 months ago by RChambers
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