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Deep France: A Writer's Year in the Bearn by [Brayfield, Celia]
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Brayfield sounds thoroughly nice, brave, homorous and independent. A long love letter to her beloved Bearn. -- The Sunday Times, May 30, 2004

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Novelist Celia Brayfield had never lived more than a taxi ride from Soho, until one day she decided to take a year off. With the computer and the cats in the back of the car, and the blessing of her student daughter, she drove South until the dawn came up in the Bearn, the most romantic, remote and rustic region of France. DEEP FRANCE is the diary of a writer’s year in a tiny French village, trying to meet her deadlines when a good thunderstorm could blow out the computer and there were always artichokes to pick. It’s a walk in the swashbuckling footsteps of The Three Musketeers and King Henri IV, full of funny and perceptive anecdotes about the year in which France had to face the euro, the World Cup and Le Pen’s presidential campaign. DEEP FRANCE is also about the love affair between the British – and the Australians, the New Zealanders, the South Africans, the Canadians, the Americans, the Irish, and even the Russians – and rural France. Grand passion or sad delusion? Mutual adoration or unrequited love? An author who writes living, breathing novels capable of making us laugh, weep and marvel’ The Times ‘Her writing glitters: the humour is as sharp as a Sabatier knife’ Image

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3542 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (9 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VDQ6AQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #474,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I read this book during a recent holiday in the Pyrennes and thoroughly enjoyed it. The author gave some interesting information on the culture and history of the Bearnaise people along with some wonderful recipes from Basque and Bearnaise cuisine.Although she tried to keep the ex pat community at arms length, she still gave an insight into how they interacted with the locals, some better than others.I found that I cared about how these people managed in their new ventures in a foreign country and by the end of the book wondered if they stayed or threw in the towel and went home.
As an Irishman, the only disappointment in the book was to discover that there is an Irish bar in Salies de Bearn. Do we not have anything else to offer the world.
All in all, Deep France is a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone interested in this wonderfully unique region of France, or indeed Francophiles in general.
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I'm a bit of a sucker for "escape to the foreign countryside" books, so this one, promising a story about living in "La France profonde", ticked the right boxes.

I haven't read any other books by the author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was a load of countless petty irritations.

She got me going on page 1, when she suggests that the people of Manchester are so uncouth, ignorant and doltish, that they wouldn't consider naming a bridge after a Prime Minister. By page 30, she's had an accidental encounter with her neighbour, who just happens to be English, an "interior designer" married to a "retired marketing entrepreneur", and with a daughter who teaches French at a "leading London prep school", to boot.

After wading through page upon page of regurgitated historical facts about anything and everything, I then realise that I'm about to be treated to the story of a dinner party with "Benjy, who's in charge of restoring a local chateau", "London fashion writer Shelley Vella" and countless other non-profonde types, and I dump the book, joyfully, in the pile where no light shall ever reach.

If I had bought from a bookseller, it would have been put back onto the shelf after a few minutes of browsing, which, I suppose, shows the advantages of getting your reading material in that particular manner.
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The only reason this book didn't hit the charity shop bag, is that it makes a nice guide book to an area of France that we hadn't visited. The author's story didn't move me at all, but on the strength of reading it we visited the area, and the towns she mentions. It has now become one of our favourite regions, & I keep the book to use as a guide when we are there, finding the markets etc. Unfortunately most of the English friends she meets during her stay are the ones we run away from when in France.
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Format: Paperback
For a dyslexic with three children to read this book in 6 days is quite good going. Compulsive is the word. A few pages here and there while waiting for the children outside school and wishing I were there rather than here. This book really must be one of the best written of the 'escape to foreign parts' books of which I've read a few. Althought I always thought I knew France very well, this area of France sounds so foreign! This book makes me want to explore the Bearn myself. I hope that Celia Brayfield decides to spend another year in another part of France. My only regret is that I didn't save this book for my next trip to France though I could take it with me just for the wonderful recipes.
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Format: Paperback
I'm half way through the book and don't want to carry on any longer... There is no real story, no point to it: is it supposed to be a diary? A history book? A recipe book? Such a mixed bag!
What is most annoying is that it's full of mistakes in the french language the author used!! I just can not believe she has published this book without getting it reviewed first!! One example: 'beefy' in french is NOT 'cousteau' and it doesn't bear any link with the marine explorer Jacques. The correct word is: 'costaud'. The book is just littered with inacurracies like these!
In summary, a very boring book which I certainly wouldn't recommend to anyone...
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I just adored Celia Brayfield's book. Perhaps I should declare an interest here as I visited Celia during her stay in the Bearn - and thrilling though it was to potter around the region with her - reading Deep France was every bit as satisfactory. It is Celia's eye for detail and her glorious sense of humour - judiciously laced with irony that does it for me. Her love for France is self evident and it is the minutiae of the life - the food, the shopping, the archeitecture, the myths, the folk-lore and the everyday "stuff" - that brings the region alive as you turn the pages and the seasons swing by. You really should read it - even if you no intention of leaving these shores. Written with deep insight and deep affection, it truly brings alive Deep France.
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Celia Brayfield reminds the reader several times that she is a professional writer and a creative person. Well, she ought to write like one! I found this book self indulgent and much of the factual material bore a remarkable similarity to the Cadogan Guide to Gascony.
The Bearn area itself is wonderful but this book gives the impression that you have to be well-heeled and self satisfied to go there!
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