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Going In Seine: How Not To Buy An Apartment In Paris!

Going In Seine: How Not To Buy An Apartment In Paris! [Kindle Edition]

Polly Fielding
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Polly Fielding doesn't know what she is letting herself in for when, on impulse, she decides to blow her savings on a tiny apartment in Paris.
She views it as an exciting adventure until, having paid the deposit, she comes face to face with reality. Struggling to use her rudimentary grasp of French, she tries to cope with a situation rapidly spirally out of her control. She desperately grapples with Parisian culture and the infamous French bureaucracy in her attempts to settle into what is at first an alien environment. Through trial and error (mainly error) she discovers the utmost importance of always observing French etiquette in shops, on public transport, in everyday life...
We are introduced to a randy Italian plumber, a drunken French electrician, the Parisian from hell, Polly’s all-too-English husband and their wayward daughter, not to mention the best and worst of Parisian toilets.
Even if you are familiar with Paris you will enjoy an alternative view of this amazing city, whilst anyone who hasn’t yet seen it will find themselves rushing to buy Eurostar tickets. Polly's passion for everything French and her bewilderment at the variety of ways in which the French differ from their British neighbours are very evident. Meanwhile, at the centre of everything is the 30 square metre apartment that Polly finally tranforms from a semi-derelict shell into a homely, peaceful oasis. And as for the title, read on to find out why it’s more than just a corny pun...

"Fielding's affection for Paris and all things French shine through and make for a thoroughly enjoyable read."
French Property News

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 862 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APN971U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Polly Fielding is the author of several non-fiction books (in English) on a variety of subjects of which she has a great deal of personal experience. They include - The 5:2 Diet, Mental Health, Paris and Haemophilia. Many of her books are written in the present tense which gives them a striking immediacy.

Over a span of thirty years she has had numerous articles published in national magazines and newspapers.

She is also an artist, using both pastel and gouache. 'Poppymania' is evident in her vibrantly colourful pictures as is her passion for the beauty and warmth of summer scenes both in the UK and abroad.

Polly has a unusual mixture of professional qualifications being a certified Voice Over Artist and Swedish Body Masseuse. And in a former life she was a schoolteacher in the UK, Canada, Gibraltar and Iran.

She had a brief spell as a nanny to two small children in Paris when she was twenty-three. It was during this six- months period that she fell in love with this magnificent city, its culture, cuisine and people.

She is married(she met her husband in Gibraltar), has five children and currently divides her time between Lincoln, Paris and Venice. She speaks English, French and German.

To find out more about Polly, her books, her art and her most recently published articles, please visit her website:

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars At least it was free 2 Mar 2013
By Dionne
Format:Kindle Edition
Sorry cannot understand the 5 star reviews. I read this slightly amusing but plodding ancedote and learned more about the author's shopping preferences and frequent trips to the toilet than anything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Forever! 10 Feb 2014
By vivo
Format:Kindle Edition
As a lover of Paris, even though I've never been there, it's on my bucket list! This gave me an insight into the city and its machinations, some of which really made me laugh. The book is written in an easy to read style and was a pleasure to read. Made me want to go there even more! Caz.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In seine 10 Mar 2013
By KaronK
Format:Kindle Edition
Absolutely loved this book, easy read and gave me such a giggle in many occasions, great story. Give it a go
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5.0 out of 5 stars going in seine 11 Feb 2013
By Jenny
Format:Kindle Edition
'Going In Seine' is an interesting and entertaining account of buying a flat in Paris and problems encountered. The author's obvous affection for Paris is infectious.
The humour with which the book is written makes it a very enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Alternative View of Paris 31 Dec 2012
By Gemma
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I came across the cover of this book during a browse on Amazon and was intrigued by its surreal cover and its off-beat title. Being a lover of Paris I looked inside the first few pages on-screen and was hooked immediately by the writer's readable and amusing style. Wanting to read more, I downloaded it.
I'm glad I did. The story (claimed as true by its author) is a remarkable mix of misadventures as Polly Fielding takes on the unenviable task of making a tiny Paris flat inhabitable in even the most basic way, as well as trying to get to grips with the French and their culture, which she rapidly discovers is subtly different from that of the English.
As well as telling us her story, Polly introduces the reader to Paris itself in all its glory as well as its more inglorious side. Many times I was taken back to places I recognised well from my own travels. I also found parts of the city I didn't know existed, such as the park on the roof of a railway station (memo to myself - must seek it now next time I'm there!). This is a very useful book for anyone wanting to get to know Paris through English eyes as well as being an engrossing and enjoyable story.
What make this an especially good read are the humour and pacing of the story and the genuine sense of warmth Polly Fielding obviously has for Paris, the French and most of all for her apartment.
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