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More More France Please: The Little Lusts and Secrets of Life in France [NEW UPDATED EDITION 100 NEW PAGES] [Paperback]

Helena Frith-Powell
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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24 May 2007
What do you do when a semi-feral dog bites off the nose of a guest at your first French dinner? What when the well dries up? What do you say to your French mistress? Where to go if you don't want to see any compatriots? In More More France Please Helena Frith Powell writes candidly about the real-life stories of herself and fellow Brits in France. She reveals wittily what really goes on behind the beautiful limestone facades in France s loveliest villages.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gibson Square; New Edition edition (24 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903933773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903933770
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Helena Frith Powell is a journalist and author who has written for, among others, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail, Grazia, The Telegraph and Red Magazine.
She was educated at Durham University and has lived in the south of France since 2000.
It was her interest in the difference between French and English women that led to the best-selling book Two Lipsticks and a Lover, and her novel that is out now called Love in a Warm Climate.
She has also written a diet book, a book about how not to age badly, a memoir and a guide to moving to France.
She is married to the writer and journalist Rupert Wright and they have five children between them.

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'At last a different and amusing perspective.' Daily Mail --m

'Darkly humorous.' Sunday Times --m

'Shatters more than a few myths.' Daily Telegraph --m

About the Author

Helena Frith Powell frequently writes on France for the Daily Mail, Telegraph and Express and is the French Mistress of the Sunday Times.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rude Awakening! 27 July 2007
This book could have been a whole lot better or bigger but with that said it does a very valuable job. If you, like many in Britain dream about living a more rewarding day to day existence and think that a move south will achieve that, then you should definitely read it first.

The unpalatable truth is that if you don't have a reason to go then don't and that point is made very clear in text of this book. Helena Frith-Powell makes a lot of the fact that work is as important after the move, probably more so and that it is a lot less easy to make work work in France. She also makes it clear that any problems that may arise apart from work are magnified ten-fold by the cultural divide. The sun shines no more kindly on our everyday struggles in France than in the UK and being unhappy in beautiful surroundings where you are used to relaxing on holiday can be even worse.

Ultimately what the book does hammer home is the necessity to prepare. Choose the right moment to go and be aware of what you are really getting into. There is clearly no urgency to jump on a property bandwagon as house prices in France are fairly static. I was fascinated by the comments about the hierarchical ex-pat community that already exists. Yes - the English are hard at work recreating the class system which many people are running away from! A large part of the ex-pat population seem to be escapees from screw ups and re-inventers and these are the people that you are going to rub up against along the way. The section about integration is good reading for those who are hoping to become proper citizens of their new country though this is with the caveat that you will always be the English however hard you try.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars new edition of previous title 24 May 2007
You should be aware that this book is a revised edition of the 2005 title "More France Please, We're British". I received a copy of the new title not realising this so if you have a copy of "More France...." you won't want this as well.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insider's survival guide to relocating to France 21 April 2007
By S D
This book hides its true colours beneath the chic and cheeky cover and title. It is in fact a very astute and amusing guide to the realities of 'living the dream' in France as a non-English speaker. Well worth buying if you are tempted by an alternative life across 'La Manche' and are wondering what life is really like. Written with great affection, candour and humour. Covers everything - from language, etiquette, schools, hospitals, dog licenses, taxation, how to win over the mayor - and your neighbours, as well as the weather in different regions! Easy reading, up-to-date and very informative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointed by this book. 17 Jan 2009
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Rather disappointed by this book. I had read some of Helana Frith-Powell's articles and thought highly enough of them to order the book. Having enjoyed the writtings of other British authors on life in France (Peter Mayle, Stephen Clarke) I had been expecting to identify with findings in the book, especially as this book was written by a woman of my generation with young children (like me). Whilst there are some accounts of daily life that I can identify with, some of the information in the book is just WRONG and inaccurate and some of the experiences (which will vary from one person to another) are the opposite of my own experiences. The narrative style becomes a little dull at times with endless accounts of Ms Frith Powell's numerous friends and middleclass attitudes. However, it is addicive reading, if only to discover what other inaccuracies lie within the pages, though I will not be ordering any other books by the same author.
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