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Francis Boulle
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8 Nov 2012

'Business is a jungle. But I love animals.' Francis Boulle.

Venture Capitalist and CEO Francis Boulle has set out to conquer the world. Armed with strategies not seen since Sun Tzu, philosophies to rival Aristotle, a business head that makes Alan Sugar look like an amateur and thoughts about life that even Confucius would have found enlightening, Francis is king of the new life-gurus.

In this must-have little book of Boulleisms, Francis shares his wry observations and indomitable views on business, love, sport, art, family, politics and even pets. He offers expert guidance to help you live your life the Boulle way, even if you've never set foot in Belgravia. Using clever typography, illustrations and amusing diagrams, this is the perfect gift for every budding entrepreneur.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780879210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780879215
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Francis Boulle? Winning' Grazia.

'everyone wants to be him. Well, now you can' The Independent.

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'Life should be driven by value trades - I learned that aged nine when my mother tried to fleece me on a deal.' With strategies not seen since Sun Tzu, philosophies to rival Aristotle and thoughts about life that even Confucius would have found enlightening, venture capitalist and CEO Francis Boulle is king of the new life-gurus. In this must-have book of Boulleisms, Francis shares his indomitable views on business, love, art, family, sport, politics and pets to help you life your life the Boulle way, even if you've never set foot in Belgravia.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Boulle's Jewels is a funny guide to 'the business of life' by Made in Chelsea star, Francis Boulle or should I say Francis Maximilien Yvan Christophe Boulle (yes, that is his real name). On the show, Francis is someone a lot of people like laughing at and it's usually quite hard to tell whether he's being serious or joking when he does ridiculous things. Francis is an entrepreneur and heir to a diamond business so he's living the high life, but does lots of work too (I think). He's a bit of an oddball, but he's pretty lovable and definitely one of my favourite characters on the show.

I was under the impression that this entire book was dedicated to tips on business and being an entrepreneur but whilst the book starts out like that, after the midway point this book descends into random tips about random things from a list of Francis' favourite films to 'picnic protocol'. Whilst these sections in the second half were equally interesting to read about, I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed that there weren't more 'insightful' tips on the wonderful world of business given that this book is actually categorized under 'Business'. That said, one of the great thing about this book is that you have absolutely no idea what's going to be waiting for you when you turn the page. It was quite exciting to read this book because it is so unpredictable and Francis offers his unique perspective on life, dating, even must-have pets.

If you're not a fan of Made In Chelsea or you don't know who Francis Boulle is then don't bother reading this book - you won't enjoy it or find it funny. This book is definitely aimed at people who already have an idea of who Francis is, the type of life he leads and what his personality is like.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work Mr Boulle, love your jewels 10 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is 100% worth a read, had me in stitches throughout, i do think its funnier if you watch Made in Chelsea (as i do) and get a feel of what Francis is about, but regardless its a definite mood lifter! very tongue in cheek and light hearted fun :)ive purchased 6 copies as stocking fillers so lets hope my friends and family agree! (plus i think hes gorgeous and the little picture on the front makes my day :P)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Exactly A BOOK! 30 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well - you have to hand it to one of my favourite Made in Chelsea characters. He's managed to extract money from me, even though the book is not really a book - more a collection of sticky notes - 4 or 5 to a page in my reckoning. Still, there were moments of humour and it was a very QUICK read!!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Stocking filler 8 Nov 2012
By JonnoB1
Format:Paperback
This book is short sharp analysis of every day life, and is perfect for cheering up your lousy days. Several laugh out loud moments, this ones going straight into my bathroom joke book collection, and my niece and nephew's who are huge fans of M in C stockings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite lost boy 3 Mar 2013
By Holly
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
francis is my absolute favourite from MIC so when i heard he made a book i had to get it! the book is just like him, witty, clever, original, i have no regrets buying this! also the design and layout is very nice to those who appreciate good design!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sucked in by the sample 20 Jan 2013
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I read the sample and found it pretty amusing, so figured it was worth a shot. However, as it goes on, it loses some of the initial spark and it's all just a bit mindless. If anyone genuinely buys this hoping for a mantra on life, you're screwed, but there's a few chuckle moments, it's light-hearted, but definitely runs out of some initally promising material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 28 April 2013
By Phaedra
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Found myself laughing the whole way through. I didn't stop one it was so good!!! Well definitely red it again!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 11 April 2013
By Lb2012
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I bought this book after watching Boulle on MIC, is an enjoyable funny book and I would recommend to others who have enjoyed Boulle on tv
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Genuinely funny and very entertaining. The polar opposite of Spencer Matthews abomination of a book. Loved it :) Hoping for a sequel, maybe Boulles Gold? I'll get my coat......
Published 2 months ago by Catherine
2.0 out of 5 stars OK if you want a pointless read.
Not sure what this book is intended for really. Just very insignificant pointers to be honest. Not a great read!!!
Published 3 months ago by MRS S BULLLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars The Business of Life
This book was bought for my grandson as a Christmas present who has recently told me how much he has enjoyed reading the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luv to Scrap
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book !!
Great book, its better to see the T.V programme but not 100% needed, some funny parts and serious business advice aswell.
Published 7 months ago by callum
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded expectations
Exceeded expectations. Funny. Thanks!!!

(And they should have let you into Oxford... ;) )

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Published 8 months ago by Katharina
5.0 out of 5 stars Francis Boulle's book of business
A great guide on how to succeed at business and love. Franics does it with humour and there's some gems to discover. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jake Dean 50055
5.0 out of 5 stars Boulies Jewells
I bought this as a gift for a Made in Chelsea Fan. He loved it and keeps quoting from the book!! excellent
Published 8 months ago by Catherine Elsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly
Arrived quickly and a great present for Made in Chelsea fans. Attractive looking and well designed book too, highly recommend.
Published 11 months ago by Andrew Davies
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Quite literally one of the worst books I've ever read! Avoid this completely I want a refund! Fr someone who trades diamonds he could think of one business related story surely...
Published 12 months ago by Daniel Byrne
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are over the age of sixteen don't bother buying this
Words fail me, not sure how this can be passed off as a book.

Having watched the Made in Chelsea I had expected this to be more of an autobiography however this is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. C. W. Shaw
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