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Living and Working in France: A Survival Handbook (Living & Working) Paperback – 15 Mar 2008


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Survival Books; 9th Revised edition (15 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190530367X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905303670
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.1 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,861 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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If I were to move to France, I would like David Hampshire to be with me, holding my hand every step of the way. This being impractical, I would have to settle for second best and take his books with me instead!
--Living France Magazine

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has really helped me get a view of french life. Even though i go to France every year this book has taught me all about buying a house and living in France. It has really useful tips and contacts, and tells you everything you need to know from having a baby in France to getting a job. I dont think i could have thought of anything more to ask, as all the answers were in this book. It is really detailed and set out in a way you can understand. I am really glad i purchasced this book and will keep it for many years as it is a great reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Carl W. Gray on 9 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book based upon the many excellent reviews it has - there is a lot of choice in this subject area. Although I have not yet finished the book I agree with most of the many reviews, it is a good book with plenty of information.

The one disappointment so far is the section on getting connected to the utilities, specifically electricity & water. This has a number of advertisements for the sister publication "Buying a Home in France" which apparently contains more information on this subject. My issue is that I am about to go and live in France, having bought a house in France that needs doing up, and I am going to need to have electricity and water connected very soon, so the sister publication is of little interest to me.

On a positive note I have saved much phoning around by acting on the information that Liverpool Victoria offers good car insurance for Brits that will be spending more than the average time in France over a year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Straighttalk on 12 July 2010
Format: Paperback
I first came across David Hampshire's 'Living and Working in France' when browsing the 50p shelves of a local second hand book shop and took it home with me as just a cheap dissinterested 'look see' purchase. On getting to grips with the book properly, I soon realized I had stumbled across a veritable treasure trove of information. It has to be the most comprehensive book of it's type available. However, the edition I had picked up was in fact ten years old, and liking what I had seen, decided to cough-up the full price for the latest edition. I now have that new edition on my desk, but sadly, it is no longer the 'complete package' that went before. Gone are the exceedingly useful 'utilities' section [water, electric & gas ] and with it some of it's fundamental usefulness. Apparently, the 'utilities' section has been moved to another of David Hampshires books [another fifteen quid, ah hum ] which leaves me a little dissatisfied.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Creme brulee on 25 Jan 2008
Format: Paperback
I think there are only two books you ever need to buy about living and working in France. One of them of course is this one and the other is 'Renovating and maintaining your french home' by Joe Laredo. Both are books you cannot live without. From the 'big' topics you need and want to know to the 'smaller' topics you didn't even know or think you needed to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs H Terry on 9 July 2011
Format: Paperback
No book on French property will ever be as up to date as you need. During our visit to France this month so many rumours about taxes were flying around we needed to use the internet to calm down the sense of worry. But of the various books I have been buying to help us through the very stressful (don't let anyone say it is not traumatic) process of buying a house in France, this produces so much sensible advice it could have DONT PANIC on the cover like a well known science fiction classic. I know that as we go through life in Languedoc, owning our home in France, we will certainly not let this volume gather dust. Like a good guidebook to a town or a region and a detailed map, it is one of our essential always-to-hand volumes that will see us through a major change in our lifestyles. Very very glad that we have this book.
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