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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (3 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840244941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840244946
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In addition to his current series of travel genre books on his life in France, Richard Wiles has written about do-it-yourself and home interest topics for more than 30 years, and is an authority on period home renovation. He also writes and edits books on social history based around images from leading photographic archives. He has contributed to major magazines, including Ideal Home, House Beautiful, Traditional Homes, Period Living, Practical Householder, and Do It Yourself. He also developed successful partwork magazine series including the best-selling Garden Magic, established and ran the photographic features agency Houses & Interiors for more than a decade, and has written and edited more than a dozen books on topics from home improvement and gardening to social history and photography.

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"Includes hundreds of up-to-date words that you won't find in an
ordinary dictionary!"
-- Brit Mag, May - June 2007

... plain alphabeticalised sailing. There are key words for every possible scenario. ...this is what we have all been waiting for. -- Living France Magazine, August 2006

The practical know-how to turn your pie-in-the-sky scheme into
reality.
-- The Mail on Sunday

This is what we have all been waiting for. --Living France magazine

About the Author

Richard Wiles is the author of the bestselling Bon Courage! He lives in France

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By seemore on 9 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Very useful for basic building materials and tools but really only for DIY use. If you're doing a complete refurb with French builders or setting up your trade in France then spend a bit more money on the "Concise Dictionary of House Building Terms", don't be frightened by the price, it's well worth it. I own both copies and this one stays on the bookshelf most of the time, and the other is on site or in the van.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Saunders on 9 Nov. 2006
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We purchased this before we moved to France to help us obtain quotations etc., on a property we own. The book is in ten sections of different trades - not in alphabetical order - so if you want a word, you have to hunt through all the ten sections to find the right one, if it is there at all. This may be OK going from English to French, but if you have a French word and you don't know which trade it comes under (because you don't know the word, right?) you are left hunting between the ten sections and your regular dictionary as well. If at the back there was a complete list of French to English, then English to French as well as the ten sections, It would be getting 5 stars, however it doesn't so it fails as a dictionary, as it's not in alphabetical order. Shame.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dusty Fog on 16 Nov. 2006
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This book even makes good bedtime reading. We have found it most useful and now even know the French names of building and decorating items we don't even need. I particularly liked the breakdown of terms into easily definable areas of renovation. Keep a copy in the car for handy reference, you never know when one needs a pied-de-biche.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. N. Bebb on 31 Oct. 2009
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This book is not perfect but for the reasonable book you get, it is exceedingly cheap. I have written my list of requirements hundreds of times using this book and presented it at the builders merchant without a problem. On occasions clarification has been required and where this has happened, I have written the solution in the book (I hate writing in books but have made an exception in this case). When I see things in catalogues and manuals that are not covered in the book, again I write them in. What started out as a reasonable purchase is gradualy becoming invaluable with the notes I am adding based on personal experience. At its price, I can't see where you can go wrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. D. Doel on 8 Jan. 2010
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We purchased this book to help us with our French renovation project. Unfortunately the book is not laid out in true dictionary form but split into sections according to topic. Unfortunately we found that if we were searching for a French translation we first had to spend time looking through the book trying to guess in which section the word might appear. It's much quicker to purchase and use a comprehensive French/English dictionary, which, confusingly, gives different translations from the ones in this book (if you find them)!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VJC on 15 Mar. 2011
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It looks good on first reading and I thought it would be useful ....BUT once you start getting serious you find it is broken up into different sections which means that you simply cannot find a new strange word unless you can guess rooughly what section it will be in! Also, although it has a good number of words you quickly find things missing (or perhaps I haven't looked in the right section!).
So good for bedtime reading, but no good for serious discussions with the architect ......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Hutchinson on 6 Aug. 2009
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I purchased this book as I had found that the regular dictionaries just did not cope with the requirements of a renovation project when dealing with the equivalent to Builders Merchants rather than the DIY stores.

I am finding the book very useful and easy to reference quickly I particularly like the way the book is broken into sections for Builders, Electricians and Plumbers and like a regular dictionary words can be searched in English or French.

I strongly recommend it for anyone either self building, renovating or just wanting to communicate with tradespeople!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Bastian on 12 Jan. 2010
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My husband, who like many struggles to learn French, finds this book very useful. I also find it very helpful when preparing his quotations for work, even though I am now fluent in French. The French really do appreciate it when the British try to make themselves understood and this book helps my husband to buy his supplies more easily. Recommend it to those who are undertaking works on their home, as an inexpensive handbook of terms, which can be used alongside a normal dictionary.
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