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The Three Grand Brits [Kindle Edition]

James J. Browne
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Have you.....:? Ever wanted to say "stuff the day job" and say goodbye to a life in England. Have you ever thought how much nicer it would be to work on the continent? Did you know the average Brit emigrates with only three thousand quid?

Think again! This is no tale of wine under the wisteria.The Three Grand Brits is a true story of what it's like to work for rich people who own chateaux in France.
This is a genuine antidote to "A year in Provence".
James J. Browne and his partner have worked for billionaires, corporate lawyers, celebrities and investment bankers and certainly know their stuff when it comes to dealing with the wealthy abroad. Please don't read this book if you are one of the so called "elite" it will certainly give offence. This factual tale is definitely not to be read by the English aristocracy and was described by one titled lady as "a nasty little volume". The author hopes this book will serve as an amusing cautionary tale for anyone wishing to become Chateau Guardians.
This is the long overdue book that dishes the dirt on the wealthy and their foibles.




James J. Browne has managed to survive for 51 years whilst having had many diverse and not necessarily interesting occupations. He has been, prior to leaving Blighty, a professional musician, a tour guide, road sweeper, recycling operative, telephone fortune teller, insulation installation operative, light bulb packer, antique dealer, waiter, sea shell salesman and barman to name a few. It was his brief career as a taxi driver that decided it was time to leave England behind, and this is where the adventure begins. He now lives and travels with his long suffering partner Samantha and two golden retrievers in a Fiat Ducato.
The Three Grand Brits is the tale of their adventures on the other side of the Channel and what happened when they became Chateau Guardians. Full of humour, both light and dark, this gritty factual tale describes how the jolly foursome fared on their travels. Packed with unusual observations this book is a must for anyone wishing to emigrate and “Live the Dream”. This is probably the most unusual travel book to be published in 2014.


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James J. Browne has managed to survive for 51 years whilst having had many diverse and not necessarily interesting occupations. A graduate in Art History and trained EFL teacher he has been, prior to leaving Blighty, a professional musician, a tour guide, road sweeper, recycling operative, telephone fortune teller, insulation installation operative, light bulb packer, antique dealer, waiter, sea shell salesman and barman to name a few. He is liked by his close friends despite being permanently broke. He lives and travels with his long suffering partner Samantha and two golden retrievers in a Fiat Ducato. He has two daughters who are sensible enough not to live with him. Like most sane people he seeks to escape the rat race but generally finds it tends to follow him around wherever he goes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HJXN36Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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James J. Browne (1962- ) has managed to survive for over 50 years whilst having had many diverse and not necessarily interesting occupations. He has been, prior to leaving Blighty, a professional musician, a tour guide, road sweeper, recycling operative, fortune teller, insulation installation operative, light bulb packer, antique dealer, waiter, sea shell salesman and barman to name but a few.
James is also a graduate in Art History and a qualified EFL teacher. It was his brief career as a taxi driver, during the Crash, that decided it was time for him to leave England behind. His work as a château guardian in France inspired him to write "The Three Grand Brits".
Known for his sense of humour and imagination James slant on the world is not exactly mainstream. He is well versed in the art of oral storytelling and was a tour guide with "The Original Ghost Walk of Whitby".
He has maintained a life long interest in all things considered supernatural and incorporates these into his written work. He started to read palms and the tarot during his early teens and was giving professional readings at the age of sixteen.
Presently he lives and travels with his long suffering partner Samantha and two golden retrievers in a Fiat Ducato.
James has won no awards for his writings but believes a man can dream.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read... 30 Jan. 2014
By Chris E
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By turns funny, erudite, rambunctious, informative and poignant. This very readable first (?) book from James J. Browne is not just a simple account of his travels. It is also full of fascinating insights and personal observations on the human condition. Browne's sensibilities are firmly on the side of the common man or woman - so be warned if you are an upper-class twit! Although a slim volume, I made it last almost two weeks by dipping into it at bedtime. The structure of the book means that you can read a short self-contained anecdote and it's associated musings and go to sleep in a better frame of mind than when you first turned down the covers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars vive La France. 22 Feb. 2014
By Wotan
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A very enjoyable book, sorry it came to an end. Very true observations especially of Lourds. It was exactly the same 40 years ago when I visited it with my family. My now grown adult children still shudder at their remembrance of the place. The mental pictures formed from the narrative are very vivid and true. I would recommend this book both as amusement and a stark warning. A MUST.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Three Grand Brits 16 Jan. 2014
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If you enjoy 'Carl Pilkington' humour then you are going to love this book. It is an very honest description of the places the author has lived in, some loved but others loathed. With luck he will move on to other countries in Europe and write another book then I will know which to avoid on my travels.
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