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Expat Living in Rural France - Still Life in the Old Dogs

Expat Living in Rural France - Still Life in the Old Dogs [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Veale
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Ever wondered what British expat property owners get up to in France when their friends and relations depart? Or what’s it like living in France all the year round? These fictional tales reveal all. Unexpurgated! All is exposed. Unlike many books of this kind, the author plays no part in these adventures. He’s far too wise . . . or perhaps past it. But his humorous observations and revelations do suggest he has been party to many such goings-on.

The episodes in these books are complete stories in themselves and offer insights into property buying in France, dealing with the authorities, and generally getting along without upsetting the locals.

And if you don’t say to yourself after reading these tales, ‘perhaps I should think about investing in a small property in France myself’, you’ll not be human. But a cold bath might be wiser.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Moulin Publications (6 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Jonathan's books are dedicated to the brewers of South Wales, restaurateurs of Catalunya, racehorses of Tipperary (the fast ones) and the red, white and sparkling wines of the Languedoc Roussillon. Jonathan Veale knows too much about the above, to his delight and cost. In an earlier life he spent years in marketing, specialising in advertising and management communication.(where great literature seldom flourishes)

With a second home in a medieval village near Castelnaudary, between Toulouse and Carcassonne, and a website,, where he helps aspiring writers chase their dreams of infamy and wealth, his take on life nowadays is reflected in numerous articles about writing and publishing. Jonathan's 'How to Write a Book or Novel - An Insider's Guide to Getting Published' contains up-to-the-minute guidance on contemporary publishing and writing matters. A good read that should save writers time and money as they bring their own books out.

'The Carcassonne Affair', a thriller set in expat France, was Jonathan's July 2012 novel and builds on the success of his earlier works of fiction, published under the title 'Expat Living in Rural France'.

In July 2014 'The Whistleblower Affair' was published. This novel takes a close look at skulduggery at the highest level within UK banking, and pulls few punches as unethical behaviour is exposed for all to see. Directors of banks will find this disturbing reading. At least, Jonathan hopes so!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Funny 2 Nov 2011
By Waldo
Format:Kindle Edition
Want to know more about the French, or dream of moving to France? Then these collections of short stories are a must read. I always guessed expats had secret lives once their seasonal guests left. These books reveal all. If you love France, fantasise about getting away from it all, and ever wondered whether this could be the life for you . . . read these first. Personally I can't wait to meet these characters for real in the bar of Le Cochon et Sifflet in the author's fictional town of Castelverdun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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One day a move to Southern France is planned, so read many brave brits tales of their experiences, this proved very enjoyable.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 21 May 2012
By Mikey_M
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Being an expat myself, I could relate well to these stories centred around rural French life. The author has obviously been in amongst them, and possibly not all the stories are fiction?
I found it very well written and particularly liked the style of including the bar patron writing emails in his broken English, which gave the book some originality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lively living amongst ex pats. 2 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Who would have thought of the simmering intrigue and passion that exists in the ex pat community in deepest France. Well the author has and he reveals all in this laugh out loud exposé of our ex pat foibles.
I wasn't expecting a travelogue but a light hearted read to tickle my fancy. I wasn't disappointed.
If you have a sense of humour and have often wondered what it would be like to live in Rural France then this is a gentle introduction to the lifestyle we would all like to experience. Enjoy!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money 13 May 2014
By Malba
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Disappointing. Storylines repetitive. felt the author was in a fog all the time, probably alcohol produced. Not worth spending money on.
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