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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Survival Books; 10th Revised edition edition (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907339442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907339448
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hampshire was born in England and after serving in the Royal Air Force he was employed for many years in the computer industry, before taking up writing full-time in the '80s. His work has taken him around the world and he has lived and worked in many countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. David is an authority on living, working, retiring and buying property abroad, and is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 titles, including the best-selling Living and Working in America, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, London, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland. David lives in Bath, England with his partner Alexandria.
A complete list of David's books (sole author unless indicated) is shown below:
Buying a Home in Australia - co author
Buying a Home in France
Buying a Home in Italy
Buying a Home in Portugal
Buying a Home in Spain
Buying or Renting a Home in London - co-author
Buying or Renting a Home in Switzerland - co author
Buying Selling & Letting Property
Culture Wise America - co-author
Culture Wise Australia - co-author
Culture Wise England - co-author
Living and Working in America
Living and Working in Australia
Living and Working in Britain
Living and Working in Canada - co-author
Living and Working in France
Living and Working in London - co-author
Living and Working in New Zealand
Living and Working in Spain
Living and Working in Switzerland
Retiring in France
US Immigration Handbook - co-author


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Happy Harry on 21 April 2012
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The French system of renting or buying properties needs understanding before making any decision regarding a property in France and this book provides an excellent and comprehensive summary of their system. The book covers all these plus many other topics such as working in France, taking your car, your money and your pets - even your wife. It covers every conceivable aspect regarding everyday matters - a comprehensive and essential reference, highly recommended. The book also has that essential ingredient - a sense of humour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DT on 23 Jan. 2013
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A good introduction to the practical issues involved with moving to France. Covers all the key aspects. A French friend read it and thought it was accurate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. White on 14 Oct. 2012
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This is a basic and practical guide to living and working in France, and as thus is a good handbook to keep at one's side if relocating. But in Chapter 19 - 'The French' - some of his gratuitous and offensive generalisations about the French I found astonishing in a book that is supposed to support and encourage people to live and work in that country. His opening paragraph is breathtaking, 'A typical French person is artificial, elitist...racist..unhygienic...truculent...callous...bad tempered'..and about forty other both unflattering and bizarrely flattering adjectives. I wonder what a Frenchman writing a Living in Britain handbook might write of us?

I imagine the writer thinks he's being witty and ironic, but in fact it just comes across as both offensive and pointless. The book would be better if it stopped this puerile stereotyping and stuck with the facts. Especially as the writer now lives in the small, typically French area of............Bath, Wiltshire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mav25 on 3 Nov. 2012
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A great insight into France and was enormously helpful to me as I am extremely interested in living in France in the near future. Covered everything I wanted to know with a nice couple of jokes in places. So well worth a read.
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A very practical resource that makes for an essential guide on the subject. f you are coming from the UK in particular you will find living in France a very different experience especially with some of the red tape in setting up a business. This book will add clarity around the subject and give you answers to questions at your finger tips. Even reading juts one chapter removed a concern we had on education so well worth buying the book if France is your planned destination.
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This is THE book if you are thinking of moving to France to live. Covers everything you are likely to need. The only issue is that as the Frnech government keeps trying to manage the situation there some elements are a litte out of date - this does not detract from the book in anyway. You still need to follow the rule of location, location, location and know the area your propose to live in. Vendor delivered to time and to value - can recommend without hesitation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nord14 on 16 Sept. 2012
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The book is comprehensive, I found it too tongue-in-cheek and a little sneering towards the French (must we still bang on about the war?). I bought it as part of a plan to live and work in France from 2014 with my current international company. It covers most things I'd expect it to. I felt there were a lot of plugs there for other books by the same publisher. I'll take a positive from it, that it provides a check list of things I'll need to research more thoroughly.
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This is a comprehensive resource for anyone looking to relocate to France. The author has answered all the questions that I did not even know to ask. I bought this Kindle version as an update on an earlier version;I was keen to ensure that I had information that was current and covered any changes since 2005.
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