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French Leave by [Ryan, Liz]
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This book is her hilarious memoir of all that invariably does go wrong. From flooded basements, to busybody mayors and the famous French bureaucracy, it's all there. --U Magazine

If your job has gone from under you and the emigration boat is calling, this is a warming book to read -- showing that there are other realities and kinder places. --Lucille Redmond, Evening Herald

She spins a good yarn ... it is all well told and amusing although there is a serious story underneath it all --Books Ireland

As a manual for the would-be emigrant to la belle France, you could hardly find better. And for the many who dream of it, but know they are never likely to be able to do it, this is the ideal generator of dreams. Highly recommended. --Tuam Herald

About the Author

Liz Ryan is the author of seven novels and a freelance journalist for several publications. Originally a teacher from Dublin, she moved to France in 2001 in order to write fulltime, beat the traffic, become a pedant, go to the movies in the mornings, enjoy fabulous food, walk five thousand kilometres and spend a scandalous amount of time at the beach. Her next major project is to write a work of profound and startling wisdom, preferably dictated from the yacht of the producer who has secured the film rights to all her novels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1236 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Liberties Press (15 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909718106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909718104
  • ASIN: B00C8X7348
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was extremely well written and written with honesty and feeling. Liz is against consumerism in a big way once she moves to France and has to live on a budget. A very refreshing read and I enjoyed it so much I didn't get much else done this weekend. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences - move over Peter Mayle!
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Fed up of her fast-paced life in Dublin, writer Liz set off to seek out the quiet life on a windy plateau in Normandy and after ten years she has experienced the best and worst France has to offer. From sun-kissed summers spent on the beaches, to delicious food festivals that had her guests salivating at the delights on offer, to dodgy mechanics out to make a fast buck when a single foreign woman arrives on their forecourt, to TGV’s disrupted by strikes and suicides and more than one run-in with the local police! She combines all her experiences in a humorous account that often had me laughing and nodding in agreement at her observations.

Her chapter on learning the language was particularly brilliant, I felt she had her finger on the pulse of French culture and politics (more so than most) and she is one of very few people who have ever successfully encouraged me to watch more French TV. She writes with passion and truth and although I didn’t agree with everything it felt OK to have our differences.

This is a fast paced read, like the conversation that flows at breakneck speed from the mouths of my Irish cousins, fun, but sometimes a little too fast for me. It wasn’t a book that I couldn’t put down, rather one that I needed regular rests from to catch my breath, but certainly a book worth reading - maybe I’ve just been living the slow rural life for too long?

If you’ve made the move to France, I think you will enjoy her experiences and probably learn something too (I did). If you want to make the move, I think you should read this book and take notes. If you just enjoy the dream of France and like being entertained by memoirs like this, you will be able to have a laugh, (mostly at the expense of those of us who have made the move).
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Really enjoyed this book, until about eighty percent of the way through when it started to ramble and go on and on.

The story line was good, girl in high powered job, looking for a change and how she got on in France and how she met neighbours and local people.
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I enjoyed this book. Think she was very brave to do what she did on her own. Full of handy tips if you are thinking of doing the same.

I wonder what she decided to do in the end. As she said - it is much easier to emigrate and put down roots if you have a family, not so easy on your own.
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I looked forward to reading this book and was not disappointed. I thought it was a realistic account of moving to a new country and learning about all the pitfalls of getting used to a new culture and administrative system.
I would like to know what the author decided in the end as she left us hanging as to her decision on whether or not to go back "home". Would recommend.
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I'm a big fan of books set in France, non-fiction and fiction (Weak at the Knees) and I really enjoyed Liz Ryan's account. It made me smile and was true to home - the French bureaucracy and mannerisms, all cliche but true! Whether you're planning a move across the Channel or just love hearing about others who've done it, this is for you.
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I liked this book as it showed what it is really like living in France, warts and all. Both the good and the bad. I didn't want it to end and one want to find out if Liz stayed in France or went back to Ireland. Loved it all.
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This is a great insight into the real life experience of giving it all up and moving away. It seems so simple when you're on holiday but the reality of life abroad is a lot different. Different language, different rules, different attitudes and it's you who has to adapt. A must read for anybody planning to take the plunge and start a new life abroad.
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