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To the Manor Drawn Paperback – 15 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Pier 9, Murdoch Books; 1st Edition edition (15 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921259892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921259890
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,177,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A delightful new book which captures the essence of the countryside with wit and wry observation. This is no smart aleck view as purveyed by many louder-than-life Yanks who think the M1 is a cart track. This is a gentle and affectionate look at our lifestyle as only an outsider can perceive it. --Rutland & Stamford Mercury<br /><br />It is an entertaining volume...when making fun of either customs or people, she does so with gentle humour and without malice, and often displays the endearing characteristic of being able to laugh at herself. --Leicestershire and Rutland Life<br /><br />Enchanting accounts of living in Tuscany or the south of France have set such a high standard that this tale of an American moving from London to the countryside has stiff competition. American-born author Leslie Ann Bosher and her British-born husband buy a spacious apartment in a 17th century manor house and become acquainted with the rustic joys of winter weather, market days, country fashions and the village pub. It may not be the sun-drenched landscape of Provence or the ancient walled town of Montalcino but life in the English countryside seen, despite her duel nationality, through American eyes is entertaining reading. --Sydney Newspaper, The Mosmon Daily

It is an entertaining volume...when making fun of either customs or people, she does so with gentle humour and without malice, and often displays the endearing characteristic of being able to laugh at herself. --Leicestershire and Rutland Life

Enchanting accounts of living in Tuscany or the south of France have set such a high standard that this tale of an American moving from London to the countryside has stiff competition. American-born author Leslie Ann Bosher and her British-born husband buy a spacious apartment in a 17th century manor house and become acquainted with the rustic joys of winter weather, market days, country fashions and the village pub. It may not be the sun-drenched landscape of Provence or the ancient walled town of Montalcino but life in the English countryside seen, despite her duel nationality, through American eyes is entertaining reading. --Sydney Newspaper, The Mosmon Daily

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Be prepared to laugh out loud at the foibles of humankind as Leslie Ann Bosher exchanges her treasured city life for unremitting open space in this wryly-written story of a naturalised Brit who reluctantly decides to make room in her closet for a pair of Wellington boots beside her stilettos. For Leslie Ann, an American-born London resident, a cozy pied-a-terre in Paris seems the perfect antidote to England's cadaver-grey winter days that is until her husband Bill announces he has other plans involving gaseous cows, horsy women with beefy thighs and a converted seventeenth-century manor house. Moving from city chic to country khaki, Leslie Ann soon ascertains that having a conversation with a barnyard horse can be just as satisfying as a soothing facial.Peeling off the veneer, she examines contemporary topics from Botox to the BBC, political correctness to The National Health, and fox hunting to fashion, supplying an engaging mix of characters and experiences along the way. Her observant description of life outside London is informed and infectiously entertaining.

Despite chuckles from friends and their collective bleat, 'You'll be back,' she has remained firmly planted in Rutland and has written an entertaining account of the complexities and beguiling oddities of life in England. More honest than "Bridget Jones' Diary", less ceremonious than the Prime Minister's speeches, her story reflects the fact that choices always have consequences even if you are to the manor drawn.

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