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Almost French: A New Life in Paris Paperback – 14 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (14 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857883160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857883169
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,573,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A funny, heart-warming, romantic and poignant tale of fitting in." -- Living France magazine, July 2003

"An entertaining tale of being a fish out of water in one of the most magical cities in the world." -- Everything France, July 2003

"Best, most seductive and funniest travel memoir this summer is Sarah Turnbull’s Almost French." -- What’s On In London, 16th July 2003

"France is the new Italy ‘Turnbull’s insights into French culture are witty, insightful, and told with a journalist’s skill.." -- AB&P

"Required reading for anyone contemplating a spot of French leave." -- marie claire, August 2003

A marketing book for non-marketers ... you'll find practical advice that makes you re-evaluate how your messages are conveyed and received. -- Dr Michael Riley, Senior Lecturer in Education, Bath Spa University College

It's good to see a book that squarely puts the word SALES back into marketing ... required reading. -- Edwin Mutton, Director-General, Institute of Sales Promotion

Provides a wealth of insights that will help anyone with marketing responsibility ... turns theory into positive real-world results. -- Peter Muscutt, Marketing Manager, ChevronTexaco


In the tradition of Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, Chris Stewart's A Parrot in the Pepper Tree or Peter Mayle without the pile of stones, Almost French is a perceptive, poignant, often hilarious mixture of personal memoir and travel. As a student at University, Sarah Turnbull dropped French after failing the subject during her first year. Then, during a career break from journalism to travel the world, she finds herself changing her plans to settle permanently in Paris. Almost French is the witty account of her new life in Paris and the difficulties she faces in trying to integrate fully into Parisian culture while trying to establish herself as a freelance journalist. Sarah gives the reader a fascinating insight into her love/hate relationship with the French through humorous examples of runins with her new countrymen. Everything from using the correct language and etiquette to address everyone from the local baker to a senior figure in the French Ministry of Defence, from how you laugh and what you serve on your dinner table, to what you wear, all prove vital to being accepted as one of them. Finally, as the title suggests, Sarah succeeds in becoming 'almost French'.

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