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French Essence [Hardcover]

Vicki Archer
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26 Aug 2010
My French Life told the story of Vicki Archer's life-changing move to France, during which she, with her husband and three children, bought and restored a seventeenth-century property in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. In her new book French Essence Vicki has again collaborated with celebrated photographer Carla Coulson to share her insider's view of life in Provence, revealing the secrets of how she immersed herself and her home in French customs, culture and style. This book is about the ambience of French life, and about Vicki's passion for interiors and design.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (26 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921382031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921382031
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 34.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vicki Archer was born in Hobart and raised in Sydney. Her first overseas trip at the age of ten sparked a passion for travel and adventure that has never ceased. In the last twenty years she has travelled extensively throughout France and become enamoured with the French way of life. Since 2000 Vicki has lived between London and Provence with her husband and three children. In 2006 Penguin published Vicki's first book, My French Life.

Carla Coulson's photographs have been published in Marie Claire, Gourmet Traveller and Collezione, among others. She is the author of Paris Tango and Italian Joy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect coffee-table book! 27 April 2014
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A wonderful, truly inspiring book! The photographs are stunning and it depicts beautifully the 'essence' of all that is great about France!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for the coffee table 3 Dec 2012
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This book was superb, moving to France to live so this is an inspirational read. Photos are stunning, a great book for the coffee table.
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1.0 out of 5 stars studio photos 30 May 2012
By pamelaangela - Published on Amazon.com
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Having been to Provence may times, I was expecting to revisit my favorite place. Instead, this book is a 'ladies who lunch' frivolous interpretation of the beauty, guts and soul of Provence. Most of the numerous flower photos and still lifes could have been taken in a studio. The author's fawning over her decor and daughters or friends made me feel more like I was reading the society page. NO art or vision here. Save your money...even at half price! This is a big coffee table nothing !French Essence: Ambience, Beauty, and Style in Provence
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2.0 out of 5 stars If you like pictures of Ms. Archer's collections and house 8 Jun 2011
By Genetics - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book, thinking that there would be more about the surrounding villages and cities near the area the author resides in St. Remy-de-Provence. There is little text that is of interest. It is mostly about her love of collecting and her property," Le Mas." Some lovely photos, but not enough to warrant purchasing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book but . . . . . 31 July 2011
By C. G. Riggs - Published on Amazon.com
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I assumed from reading the previous reviews and several interior decorating blogs that this book would have some "AWESOME" interior photos of Mrs Archer's mas and varous others in the region including photos of daily village life, etc. I once again am reminded what the old saying is about "assuming". It IS a beautiful book, no doubt. But WHY is it listed under the subject of Interior Decorating?? It just didn't include the type of inspiring interior photos I was expecting and hoping for. So, am I glad I bought it? Yes, but . . . . . . . . . Would I recommend it to my friends? Perhaps, er.. maybe, but NOT if they are interested decorating in the French style. Should I buy her first book? Let me check to see how much a used, in good condition "My French Life" would cost me first.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Book of 2011 11 Jan 2012
By esquarefox - Published on Amazon.com
I was given this book as a gift by my husband, and I devoured it from beginning to end in an evening. The photos are superb, and the interior shots creative, clever and stylish. Upon first looking, I thought it was perhaps a photographic interiors book, but when I opened it up I realised I had the added bonus of a lovely, well written story. Vicki has a wonderful way with words, and the way she describes her love for France is reflected in the prose, and complemented by the pictures. A lot of thought has gone into this book, and it is all the better for it. Sincerely recommend, its a real treat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it would have more articles . 24 Feb 2013
By debdeaton - Published on Amazon.com
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I was disappointed that there were not more descriptive articles about some of the towns around Provence. I would have loved to have known more!
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