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Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage

Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage [Kindle Edition]

Diz White , Randall Montgomery
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A laugh-out-loud, good life, house-hunting, foodie, travel-tour, meet the locals, fun memoir. A love note to the Cotswolds.

See Benedict Cumberbatch's (Sherlock) Mother's quote about COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: delightful as Bill Bryson's NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND
-Wanda Ventham- Cotswolds Resident/Actress, Sherlock, Dr. Who, Midsomer Murders.

After British-born, comedy actress Diz White found herself craving Yorkshire Pudding at every meal she knew her roots were pulling her back from America to her homeland.

It was time to buy a Cotswolds Cottage!

Her roller-coaster, often laugh-out-loud, search doubles as a travel-tour (travel guide included) that takes in every delight of the Cotswolds: historic sites, hog roasts, hiking the Cotswolds Way and pubwalks with her husband, often bagging the walk in favour of a slightly boozy lunch. There were highs, heartbreaks and cliff-hangers as she was charged by a bull named Chasin’ Mason, auditioned for the hind end of a horse and was trampled by thirty children while wearing a bear suit, but the fondness she developed for this region and its vivid inhabitants gave her a feeling of community missing from her busy urban existence. Will this author‘s dream become a reality? Find out in this witty love note to the Cotswolds.

‘Extremely entertaining, funny and beautifully written.’
Katie Jarvis Cotswold Life Magazine

‘As enchanting as Bill Bryson’s Notes From a Small Island. This is the ultimate, laugh-out-loud, foodie, good life, house-hunting, travel-tour, meet the locals, fun read. A love note to the Cotswolds.’
Wanda Ventham
Actress and Cotswold resident,
Midsomer Murders,The Lotus Eaters, Dr. Who

‘I fell about laughing at Diz White’s book, her hilarious showbiz stories woven into her hunt for a cottage are a hoot…. her writing allows you to not only imagine you are there but to feel you have embraced the heart of the Cotswolds. A great holiday read or a great read anytime.’
Debbie McGee
BBC Radio Berkshire

‘It’s enchanting….very funny. Diz White paints a nostalgic and affectionate canvas.’
Steven Leigh Morris, Critic-at-Large
L.A. Weekly

‘More entertaining than Under the Tuscan Sun.’
William Greenleaf, Greenleaf Literary

‘Cotswolds Memoir will hook you from the very first page. It’s well researched with good information – it has a great travel guide at the end – but is also filled with entertaining anecdotes. If you haven’t visited the Cotswolds – or even if you have - you’ll want to pack your bags and go!’
Monica B. Morris
Goodnight Children Everywhere (The History Press)

‘Wakes you up to the joys on your doorstep.’
Sue Bradley, Gloucester Echo

About the Author

Diz White, is also the author of Haunted Cotswolds (The History Press) and Haunted Cheltenham (The History Press), and the producer and writer of the 1-hour DVD - GHOSTS OF GREAT BRITAIN COLLECTION - Haunted Cotswolds (Available from Amazon). In addition, Diz is an award-winning actress and screenplay writer and starred in the ex-Beatle George Harrison's HandMade Films comedy movie BULLSHOT, (now on DVD), which she co-wrote. She also appeared in Star Trek: Next Generation. Diz divides her time between Hollywood, USA and the Cotswolds region of Great Britain.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3401 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957116209
  • Publisher: Larrabee Libraries, a Division of Larrabee Industries, in conjunction with Writersworld; Now with interactive TOC and photographs in colour edition (5 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008UUZ0BQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful tale about the English countryside 19 April 2012
This is the first time I have put up a review but I had to share my feelings about this book. It is so much fun. I found people were staring at me whenever I read it in public because I was frequently laughing out loud. In addition to this, although I know the Cotswolds quite well, there was so much information in this book that was new to me - with lots of out-of-the-way places - this author really knows her subject. This book will be very useful for my next trip to the Cotswolds for all the good ideas about what to see and there is an excellent travel guide included. Also, I got very caught up in this author's roller-coaster journey which reads more like a humourous action-filled adventure than a travel book. Finally, a writer has come up with a book that appreciates the English countryside, the good food being produced there, the village communities and the wonderful ancient architecture, all with an exciting story that frames this good stuff. I hope there is a sequel in the works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read 23 Sep 2012
I recently moved down to The Cotswolds so when I came across this book I thought it would be the ideal starting point to learning more about the area I'm living in and I wasn't wrong. The book has given me plenty of ideas of places to visit including, amongst others, manor houses, gardens, castles and pubs/restaurants. But 'Cotswolds Memoir' is much more than just a travel guide. It's a witty, often hilarious, tale of two people's determination to buy their dream cottage in the Cotswolds. The (quite often eccentric) characters they meet along the way and the funny anecdotes add to the charm of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Cotswolds Memoir' and would highly recommend it. Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cotswolds Memoir 1 April 2012
COTSWOLDS MEMOIR hooked me from the very first page. It's well researched with good information and also very funny. In fact, it's absolutely filled with entertaining anecdotes. Also, this books catered to all my interests - I am a foodie (this author's descriptions made me drool), a history buff, a house hunter, and love to read about quirky characters. There's real tension, too, as the story develops, Who would think that buying a cottage could be such a fun, roller-coaster adventure? I was really sorry when I reached the end. The minute I finished the book, I wanted to pack my bags and get on a plane for the Cotswolds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cheerful and enticing guide 18 Mar 2012
I so much enjoyed reading this refreshingly funny book - it is rare these days to find oneself laughing until tears are rolling down ones cheeks. Yet this book is so much more. I delighted in accompanying the author and her husband as they investigated different villages in pursuit of the perfect cottage, experienced ridiculous miscommunications with eccentric locals, or roamed beside the tranquil upper reaches of the river Thames. The epicurean delights sampled in various pubs and restaurants made my mouth water. There are mad dashes across the Atlantic to Hollywood in order to finance their dream, resulting in some absolutely hilarious situations. As a travel guide this book is well organized and researched and contains some enchanting photographs as well as giving many interesting facts about historic buildings and other points of interest, but never to the point of tedium. There is an excellent index and comprehensive resource guide at the end.
However, it is Diz White's humour and wit which shine through and make it such an engaging read; a Cotswold version of "A Year in Provence". On reaching the end I felt that I was saying goodbye to a dear friend. Now I can't wait to jump on a plane and see this beautiful area - needless to say, this very useful book will go with me.
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