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French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief [Kindle Edition]

Chris Dolley
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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Book Description

** New York Times bestseller **

"Exceptionally funny and entertaining book" - Romonko

Animals behaving badly, other people's misfortunes and the most bizarre true crime story ever. French Fried is the unfortunately true account of Chris Dolley's first eight months in France and has been described as 'A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.'

Just when Chris and Shelagh think nothing more could possibly go wrong, they discover that Chris's identity has been stolen and their life savings - all the money from their house sale in England that was going to finance their new life in France - had disappeared. A bank account had been opened in Chris's name in Spain to take the proceeds.

Then they're abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insist the crime belongs in someone else's jurisdiction. The French say it's an Irish crime as that's where the money was held. The Irish say it's French as that's where all the correspondence came from. The British say it's nothing to do with them even though forged British passports were used to open the bank account in Spain. And the Spanish are on holiday - and can't even think about investigating any bank account for at least four weeks.

So Chris has to solve the crime himself. But unlike fictional detectives he has an 80 year-old mother-in-law and an excitable puppy who insist they come along if he's going anywhere interesting - like a stakeout.


"This was a fantastic read. It had me laughing so much that I nearly got relegated to the sofa! Once I had started reading this book, I could not put it down, I was even quite happy to miss my favourite TV programmes!" - Bookmarked

"When I downloaded this book this morning, I had every intention of putting it on my phone and reading it in dribs and drabs. And now I appear to have finished the book! The best thing about 'French Fried' is it's sense of humour; warm, self-deprecating, and very British. Literally laugh out loud in several places (I'm glad I'm the only one home!)." - Librarything

"Chris Dolley's humour reminds me of James Herriot at times, with my husband shushing me in the middle of the night. I could not put this book down and enjoyed it immensely. The characters, especially Nan, were life-size." - Salammi

"I can't think of anybody who wouldn't love this book! Well written, easy to read and laugh out loud funny!" - Brenda, Amazon

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Book View Cafe (29 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author, a pioneer computer game designer and a teenage freedom fighter. That was in 1974 when Chris was tasked with publicising Plymouth Rag Week. Some people might have arranged an interview with the local newspaper. Chris created the Free Cornish Army, invaded the country next door, and persuaded the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. As he told journalists at the time, 'It was only a small country, and I did give it back.'

In 1981, he created Randomberry Games and wrote Necromancer, one of the first 3D first person perspective D&D computer games.

In 2004, his acclaimed novel, Resonance, was the first book plucked out of Baen's electronic slushpile.

Now he lives in rural France with his wife and a frightening number of animals. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity when Chris's identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insisted the crime originated in someone else's jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, and got a book out of it - the international bestseller, French Fried: One Man's Move to France With Too Many Animals And An Identity Thief.

He writes SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Humour and Memoir. His memoir, French Fried, is an NY Times bestseller, a number one bestselling travel book on Amazon US, a number one biography, travel and entertainment book on Amazon France and has spent over a year in Amazon UK's bestseller charts. His novelette, What Ho, Automaton! was a finalist for the 2012 WSFA Small Press Award. And his novelette, Magical Crimes, was the number one bestselling free short story at Amazon UK in December 2011.

He's a director of the author-run publisher, Book View Cafe.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Relax!! 17 Aug. 2011
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Unlike the previous reviewer, the fact the book was set in 1995 did not detract from my pleasure in reading Chris and Shelagh's story at all. As a born clutz I could identify with his day to day chaos, regardless of where that chaos happens! A lovely read, pure pleasure with a smile nearly all the way and outright laughter at times. I only wish he had written the next installment, but to date I have never found one. He brought living in France to life with a different slant from those usually written, where plumbing oft looms large (and late!). I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre of literature.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining read 30 Jan. 2012
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If you enjoy reading about the expat experience you will enjoy this book. The first half of the book is quite a straightforward account of how to transport horses, cats and dogs to France - or maybe how not to do it. And then settling into the local community, joining in with the local activities, whether this be football or the local village fetes. Then, in the second half, Chris makes his misfortune of a stolen identity entertaining. I think I, and many others would have been sobbing or angry many a time with the total lack of help, but Chris just shrugs, gets on and solves the crime himself! No mean feat as the crime involves four countries and nobody else seems interested. In fact most people he contacts are more interested in enjoying the local fetes than working. Even his wife and Mother-In-Law seem to just hinder him. It also highlights some differences in culture and attitude between France, Spain and the UK without getting too heavy. More than anything it is a very entertaining tale. Whilst it did not have me rolling around in laughter, the tales did make me smile many a time. If you have ever had or looked after dogs, horses or cats you will know what Chris means when he tells you about the traits and stories of his various menagerie. A well written, fun to read book. Well worth the small price - extremely good value. I look forward to Chris's second instalment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining 20 Nov. 2011
By fbginn
Format:Kindle Edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this - my first ever e-book! I've read many a book about an englishman's move to France, but I think this was the most entertaining. Except for the fact that he wanted to read the book too, I would have read out many hilarious passages to my hubby. The dog-carrying-upstairs being one of the best! I am surprised that anyone would expect to read a book like this to inform them of how to go about buying a house and moving to France; every one I have read has been anecdotal and a very personal account of their misfortunes! All the more enjoyable for that! Buy "Living and Working" in France if you want a dry, fact-based book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars French Farce 6 Feb. 2012
By Froggie
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French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief

I certainly enjoyed this book and the fact that it reflects on life in France a few years ago, did not put me off. A great read for any lovers of France and French life. I also laughed out loud quite a number of times. Amazon Kindle has done us a favour with many good books like this at great prices.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Vidubo
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This book is one of the funniest books I've had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Roars of laughter came spontaneously as one after another, seemingly innocent remark, hit my funnybone. I had to pinch myself several times to check that I was still alive. Not only is the author a clever detective, he does something few detective story writers manage, he has a gift of building up characters with a few deft words and, at the same time, bringing the French countryside and those who live there to life. Many people attempt the latter but not always with the clean prose that French Fried contains.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious from start to finish 3 Oct. 2011
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For those who know France and the French, and those who do not, who wonder what the appeal of moving to France is, this is a great read. What made it even more enjoyable for me was knowing the areas the author is writing about and being able to visualise a number of them as I was reading the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French at their best 31 May 2012
By Mags
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Having lived in France for 6 months to improve my French I could relate to this book! Soooo funny, my husband was wondering what I was reading as I kept laughing all the time! A must read book for all of us English who have been to France and tried to use the language!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting read 10 May 2012
By mamma
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After reading the preview, just had to buy the book. I found it interesting and funny (in places) but also sends out a warning to who we let have our personal details and how easy it is to fall foul of identity theft.
A good all round read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
This book is an absolute hoot, laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish. The hound from hell, neurotic cats & paranoid horse pad out this really funny story of moving to France,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janie S
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Hilarious! I can't put it down. Ideal light summer read.
Published 3 months ago by P J HARDING
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable
I laughed at the Policemen asking for his father,s date of French! WHY DO AMAZON ALWAYS WANT MORE WORDS, There you are 7 more words.....happy now?
Published 5 months ago by R. Girdwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 6 months ago by Alfred Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars French bureaucracy
Easy, entertaining reading. The trials and tribulations of getting to France with animals and dealing with the bureaucracy involved in such things as car purchase and the long... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bertie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Few people can write genuinely funny books, but Chris dolley can. Several parts had me turning back giggling to read them again just for the pleasure of enjoying laughing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by book sponge
3.0 out of 5 stars Appalling grammar
This book was quite spoiled for me due to the appalling grammatical errors. It is wrong to start so many sentences with the word "which" and then not give those sentences any... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer AMR
5.0 out of 5 stars A little French is a dangerous thing ...
I loved this story of Chris and Shelagh's move to France. He has an extremely amusing turn of phrase and I laughed aloud many times. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ms BTI
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
I have not read any other books by this author but will certainly look for more in the future !
Published 9 months ago by Lennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informative and entertaining.
Published 11 months ago by Bel.
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