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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553816209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553816204
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susie Kelly was born in grey post-war London, and spent much of her childhood and young adulthood in the beautiful country of Kenya.

She now lives in south-west France with a menagerie of assorted animals, and is passionate about animal welfare.

Her first book "Best Foot Forward" was published by Transworld Publishers in 2003, followed by "Two Steps Backward" in 2004, and "A Perfect Circle" in 2006.

Since 2011 Susie's books have been published by Blackbird Digital Books, whose theme is strong, adventurous women living life to the full. Blackbird Digital Book people love birds and animals, travel, history, romance, natural health and environment, resourcefulness, humour, the surreal and magic.

If her house caught fire and she could only save three things (apart from her animals, of course), they would be courage, compassion and a sense of humour.

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"Heart-warming and entertaining" (Living France)

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The compelling prequel to BEST FOOT FORWARD

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By witchezcat on 14 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I adored this book. As a Francophile and animal lover of indeterminate age, I found much to identify with in this witty and compulsive account of the adventures of Susie after her move to France. My husband and I have often dreamed of moving the the French countryside and "downshifting" out lives in the same way as Susie and Terry - I cant say that Susies book encouraged me further - there were certainly pitfalls I hadnt even imagined - but it made absolutely fascinating reading nonetheless!
I am very surprised by the review which calls it depressing - I found myself captivated by Susies humour, and snorting in a most unbecoming manner on the 8.15 into London every morning.
Please, please buy this book! The price of books nowadays hardly make it a gamble, and I truly believe you, like me, will find one of those precious authors who leave you obsessively searching the internet for more books, and fretting until they produce another one!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LittlePinkPiggy on 18 Mar. 2005
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As someone who one day hopes to settle in France I have read several books of this genre over the past few years. I must admit that Susie's neighbours began to annoy me but I think she dealt with them very well. Lets not forget that she was a newcomer to a French hamlet and in those sorts of situations it is best to remain on speaking terms with everyone!
Susie's writing style is soft and gentle, her descriptions are good and like a previous reviewer, when I came to the end I felt as though I was saying goodbye to a dear friend. Overall it made my regular commute to London a lot more enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lesjoh 45 on 28 April 2010
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I have recently returned to the UK after 4 years living "my great adventure" in France and having enjoyed my time there so much I cannot get enough of reading other people's views of life in France. I thoroughly enjoyed Susie Kelly's book and was pleased that she found most of the people to be as kind and helpful (most of the time) as my husband and I did. It was a well written book and I couldn't put it down till I had finished it.
To anyone thinking of relocating to France I would recommend that they read this book first!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bavvy on 28 July 2013
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I have lived in France for 16 yrs and I had similar encounters as those of Susie. For the first 4 yrs I was also left to 'fend' for myself as my husband was still working in England. Susie writes with such clear descriptions you wonder if you were actually with her!! Absolutely loved the book and will certainly buy more by Susie Kelly.
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By Corinna on 28 Mar. 2015
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I was looking forward to an amusing/serious narrative of someone starting a new life in France and the kind of challenges they had to overcome. But this book makes painful reading for me. The author comes across as so unbelievably disorganised, chaotic and incapable to get to terms with her new life that I thought she had some sort of learning disorder. Maybe she tried to be self-deprecating and amusing but I could only see her saying over and over again, 'look, how stupid and incapable I was'. It's just too much...the very premise of their move seems absurd: moving into a literal ruin without any money or skill to do it up....aaarrghhh...

She also describes many painful situations like how she sits in her ruin, being totally disorganised (e.g. making two round trips of 80 km in total to the nearby town to buy a single screw, when she could have bought a bigger packet from the supermarket - not that she ever would need any more screws in her building project!!) Then a stranger comes along and asked her to buy a horse for yet another stranger residing in Spain. 'Obviously', she spends several DAYS making phone calls, raking up a tremendous phone bill, for which she has 'obviously' no money to pay and - suprise surprise - is getting absolutely nowhere. ....aaaarggghhh...

Sorry, this is just too painful to me to read before bed and I may not finish it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 July 2004
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I loved this book, and felt i'd lost a friend when i finished it.....I am something of an addict of the travel lit genre, and I honestly would put this up there with the best....warm and funny, yet believable and unforced. If you have a fondness for people , animals , and a gentle humour,you'll enjoy this.
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