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Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog: Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence
 
 

Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog: Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence [Kindle Edition]

Jamie Ivey
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'The best relocation book I have read and a smashing book by any standards. No condescension, no mysticism, just a robust response to the realities. Well plotted, with humour, characters and jeopardy. It kept me up half the night.' (Terry Darlington, author of Narrow Dog to Carcasonne)

'Warmth, sunshine, lavender, baking bread, garlic, pastis, Gauloises - and, of course, truffles. The scents and flavours of Provence waft and spill from every delicious page. Read it and salivate.' (Antony Woodward, author of The Garden in the Clouds and Propellerhead)

'Jamie's evocative writing always makes me hungry!' (Olly Smith, television presenter and wine expert)

'A great read. This entertaining story of truffles, healthcare and building a la française had me engaged and laughing out loud.' (Caro Feely, author of Grape Expectations)

'Jamie Ivey's evocative descriptions of the characters, food and wines of Provence in Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog are often so vividly seductive that I was honestly tempted - as a vegetarian alcoholic sworn off the booze - to return to eating savoury meat dishes and quaffing rosé wine. I think I'll pass on the steak tartare though! A brilliant read, highly recommended.' (John Dummer, author of Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette)

'This is a great and humorous adventure of relocating to a foreign land and the realities of French bureaucracy ready to crush a mad Englishman's dreams!!' (Julie Knowles Waterstones' Bookseller)

'their tale is by turns laugh-out-loud and poignant.' (French Property News)

'a charming story.' (Destination France)

'I laughed out loud and wept with them. From the descriptions of markets, recipes and food, one can practically smell the garlic, herbs and truffles.' (Townswoman magazine)

'Jamie has a talent for infusing each character with such life that you feel as if you've known them forever… Beautifully narrated, with writing as crisp and cool as a glass of Jamie's favourite rosé, Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog is the perfect escape from a bleak winter's day, and the titular truffle dog is the perfect companion.' (PetFocus)

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There is a moment every morning when the countryside takes a pause. The birds stop singing, the dogs choke back their barks, and cats pause mid-stride. Everything waits. It’s in this vacuum that a man working alone has the best chance of finding truffles.

The plot of land was perfect, just what they’d been looking for, offering expansive views across the valley and within walking distance of the local village. There was only one small problem – there was no house. And yet the land was affordable and came, the agent promised, with a possible income from a copse of truffle oaks. Just after the birth of their first daughter, after leaving the London rat race behind, here was a chance for Jamie and his wife to finally realise their dream of owning a property. With one final salivating glance at the oak trees the decision was made. All they needed now was a dog. And their quest to find and train a truffle dog turns out to be as full of hidden discoveries as a truffle hunt itself.

With delicious humour and superb storytelling, Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog is sure to delight anyone who loves dogs, food and rural France.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable journey through the ins and outs of making a life in Provence. This charming family thought they were leaving the complications of city life behind, only to find themselves with a wine business to maintain, a baby on the way, up to their ears in the politics of building a house in the countryside, learning the ropes of the truffle trade, protecting their small plot of land from poachers, attempting to train a reticent dog to search for truffles, all while at the mercy of Provence's most unscrupulous builder, who is hell bent on making their lives miserable, no matter what lies he needs to tell to the bank or the local townspeople to do it. A wonderful read for lovers of fine food, wine, the South of France and dogs who prefer to do things their own way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect holiday read! 27 May 2012
By T. B
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This book really does have something for everyone, and is a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you have ever spent any time in France before you will instantly recognise the characters and appreciate the author's ability to capture them and bring them to life. If you haven't, you will be booking your ticket immediately to queue up at the nearest Boulangerie for a taste of village gossip French style!

Jamie clearly has a very deep love of France, but writes in such a way that is accessible to all. Many writers of this genre tend to leave you feeling like they are writing for members of their own exclusive clique,who will be the only ones to get the joke, or appreciate the subject. There is also no hint of condescension which is a trap most expat writers fall in to.

Travellers, foodies, wine lovers, dog lovers, expectant parents, tenants, entrepreneurs, those embarking on building a house, or even the odd bit of poaching will find themselves captivated from start to finish. As well as those who fancy going on a great adventure.

Well written in an easy, flowing style with fabulous descriptions, this is the perfect companion for anyone this summer, be it poolside, or with a bottle of rose at a cafe watching the world go by.

If you have a kindle, or enough space in your handluggage, download all his books so you can enjoy the Ivey's French adventures from start to finish. If only they could have included the recipes. Maybe that's the next book? Certainly hope so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining read 31 Aug 2012
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Jamie Ivey is a very good writer. His entertaining story moves along with speed and interest. This latest book continues his galant tale of his move to France to start a wine business but focuses on his young family, the truffle dog they acquire and the challenge of building a new house. He is very brave with both successes and failures honestly written. It is good to read of the support of his parents, a rarity in this style of writing, and he writes as a true man about his delightful daughter and, of course, his supportive wife.
I would like to see him try a novel or another book about living in Provence.He has enough experience. His writing is similar to Peter Mayle but, I feel, more honest, less funny, yet more entertaining. He deserves to be better known but that may spoil the possibilities of new material. I am certainly curious about his wine business and whether Snuffles found any more truffles!
What he does conjure up is the glorious Provençale countryside and makes me want to return to experience it's delights once again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Alanj
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A real "feel good" read with heartwarming stories of Provencal life. We live in Provence in the Luberon too and pretty much every story touched a chord with us. Well written and not too formulaic in its approach to the yarns. Very good indeed please do write some more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing book 6 Mar 2013
By Cuechip
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I enjoyed this book very much. I have read many "I moved to france and aren't i clever at learning to cope" type of books but this one gave a bit more of an insite to the precarious relationship between the "locals", the ones you concider to be your friends and the truth.
As a "doggy" person who can relate to the training efforts put in to achieve an end goal i found the whole exercise amusing. My husband is now reading the book and laughs out loud at some of the antics.
The book does remind me of "A year in Provence" in many ways which is a great tome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I quite enjoyed it once Id got into it 19 Sep 2014
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Bit of everything in this book... I quite enjoyed it once Id got into it... The author tells us about his life in France.. his pregnant wife..the locals trying to fit in , . the builder the lot . Its not plain sailing and at times i thought they were going to give and return to Uk. Its not a laugh out loud book but a couple of times it was a little amusing .
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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy and pleasurable read - most enjoyable 3 Sep 2014
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As a regular visitor to Provence I am familiar with many of the villages visited by Jamie. His descriptions of the local markets and vide greniers left me thinking "oh yes i remember that". An easy and pleasurable read - most enjoyable. I will definitely look for his other books to read on my Kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Trees and a truffle Dog 3 Feb 2014
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Although I am vegan and knew Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog contained many detailed descriptions of meat dishes, I wanted to continue reading this beautifully written, wonderful story told with such humour and joy.
I love the brilliant way the author describes each character so you actually feel as if you are living in this village in Provence.
Jamie Ivey has become one of my favourite authors...my only other favourite author is Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, the author of The Most Beautiful Book in the World.
I am looking forward to enjoying more books written by Jamie Ivey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars perfect for bed time
A light but pleasant read, perfect for bed time!
Published 9 hours ago by Mrs J McRill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book, it brought back memories of our own move to France to open a restaurant
Published 11 days ago by merlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 15 days ago by baggie
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read on holiday
Love reading books on moving to France and very interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Jules
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good.
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars blue Angel
Really enjoyable await the sequel. Writer does not give the false impression that it is easy to move to Provence. A good and true tale of a time spent making a new life in France
Published 7 months ago by Gwyneth Holley
3.0 out of 5 stars The house building theme has been done before.
I enjoyed Rose en Marche (yes, I know there are accents missing!) but this next in the series was a bit more pedestrian and I couldn't help thinking that Peter Mayle had already... Read more
Published 10 months ago by AlexM
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
I loved this book and did not want it to end. I have read all Jamie Ivey's books and this is the best one, in my opinion. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hilary Tonks
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Excellent reading, had to keep reading on to find out what was going to happen next. Certainly recommend this book.
Published 13 months ago by Ging
4.0 out of 5 stars Living in France
I found this an easy read which I steadily enjoyed more as the story unfolded. I have always harboured a secret wish to live in France and I salute anyone who has suceeded with an... Read more
Published 14 months ago by joycie
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