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A La Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in France,
This review is from: A la Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France. (Paperback)
Not only is this book very funny - it is also very honest. Ian Moore admits to being grumpy and moody, he confesses to being useless at anything to do with DIY though and he refuses to stop wearing his 60's mod gear even though he lives in rural France, surrounded by fields and animals and the locals give him strange looks in the town. A true British eccentric abroad!
Although this is a light-hearted look at life for an expat in France who works in the UK as many expats do, it is clear that continuing to commute to the UK to work takes its toll with the constant travelling and missing a family and wife whom he obviously adores. Ian and wife Natalie wrack their brains trying to think of something they can do in France that will bring in an income and cut down Ian's away time - a problem for many expats. The book is also a source of very handy little snippets of information about life in France - from the tradition of being able to leave "big rubbish" out for the dustmen twice a year to getting your kids into school.
As he is a stand-up comedian I was worried that the book would be full of gags, but it isn't. It is quite gentle humour on the whole, Ian comes across as self-deprecating and modest, a quality I found made him immensely likeable. A really excellent first book - look forward to sequel!