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Down and Dirty in the Dordogne by [Frazer, Andrea]
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About the Author

Andrea Frazer is married with four grown-up children, and lives in the Dordogne with her husband Tony and their six cats. She has wanted to write since she first began to read at the age of five, but has previously been busy raising a family and working as a lecturer in Greek (she has a Fellowship Diploma in Greek) and teaching music. Apart from writing, Andrea continues to teach music, and now also teaches French to expatriates. Her interests include playing several instruments, reading, and choral singing with two choirs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Accent Press (18 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KFC5KNK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unusually for me I paid for this Kindle book, I normally download from amazons free selections unless I've got something specific in mind like another Lee Childs. I do wish I hadn't because the fact it had cost me made me read right through to the end. I hope to be spending quite some time in The Dordogne and had hoped this book might give me a little insight into the area. It didn't. It gave me instead a list of reasons never to move out there, from being ripped off by the natives to being abused by the local hospital staff. This author must be very unlucky as I do have friends in the area and for the most part they have been happy and content with services they have used, that same hospital being one of them. I also got really fed up with her constant referral to being skint, but the fact they managed to buy their French property before actually selling their English home suggests she has never really known what being low on funds means. Why didn't they just do the work at a slower pace like most every one else would have if money was that tight. Then you find out they have buy-to-lets in the UK, wish I was that hard up. Finally, it's not entertaining either as the author comes across as mean and self-centred. Sorry for the rant but needed to be said.
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Having bought a similar property in the Dordogne 25 years ago, ( and still spend 5 months each year there ), I recognize all the problems of organizing builders who don't turn up, unexpected problems with the electrics, water, fosse septiques etc etc.....but.........I do feel that their constant mention of lack of funds is a bit overdone, as they obviously aren't hard up after selling their UK property. However it is a good read, and I enjoyed it, but my wife gave up half way through and decided it was a bit of a fairy tale. I would be interested to get feed back to my comments from the author herself.....but we still love the area ( we live in the LOT ), and the French way of life.
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I've never left a review for a book before, in spite of having read quite a few in my time... and to be honest I have thought long and hard before leaving this one but eventually just couldn't help myself (and, having read the other reviews about this book, now see that I'm in good company). What I would say in a positive light is that, should you ever feel the need for a kind of 'self-help' book to build your self-esteem, read this book. I finished it - because, like one of the other reviewers, I'd paid for it - and was left with an overriding sense that, even in my darkest moments of self-doubt, at least I know that I'm a better human being than the author of this book. Why on earth would you - unless of course you're making it up - choose to air your rather petty, not to say small-minded and rather spiteful, grievances about your in-laws and your 'friends' in print? I'm with your friend Kay who chose to live in Normandy - having spent a week inside your head Andrea, I can see why she didn't want to live near you! If you're looking for a book to help you in your journey to France, don't read this one. There are loads of lovely ones out there and this isn't one of them - this couple sound like they just want a cheap warm England. Oh, and by any chance this woman approaches you and asks if she can adopt one of your kittens, you have been warned.
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Oh dear, what a bore! Archetypal ex pat Brits living in Dordogne. Gave me a very good reason not to move to that region of France.
It says a lot about the personal number plate brigade! Very little about France and the French more about such things as the French having the audacity to close their businesses for 2 hours at lunchtime!!! Lord give me strength.
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Author doesn't come across as a particularly nice person. For this reason i didn't enjoy the book. Catty comments about friends and constant reference to Jacuzzi parties got tiresome. Far better books of this genre are available.
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I thought this might be fun but it was far from that. The author is has very little good to say about anyone, which is off-putting. She seems to think that everything should go her way and she has very little time for the French either. I had a house in France at one time and can honestly say that we had nothing but kindness and support from our neighbours. Maybe this was because we expected them to be French and not English and we expected that we would need to do things their way and not ours. So we got on famously. I think.perhaps the events described by this author might have been embroidered somewhat to make things more interesting. If that is the case, I am sorry but it failed miserably. A boring read, not nearly as good as some books I have read on settling in France. This author needs to be a bit less critical of people she comes into contact with.
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Well, this rather grumpy lady has almost certainly put off anyone contemplating a move to South West France! I could scarcely believe what I was reading, especially about the abusive hospital staff. Having lived in SW France for almost 7 years I can honestly say that we have been greeted with kindness and smiles in every situation.....including the hospital! And why oh why would you keep having more and more cats when they keep getting killed? Yes, the shops do shut for 2 hours at lunchtime........you're in France and, believe it or not the locals do speak French not English. Vive la difference!
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