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My French Life Hardcover – 4 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1920989455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1920989453
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 2.5 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vicki Archer took her overseas trip at the age of ten sparked a passion for travel and adventure that has never ceased. In the last twenty years she has travelled extensively throughout France and become enamoured with the French way of life. Since 2000 Vicki has lived between London and Provence with her husband and three children.

In 2000 Carla Coulson left behind a corporate life and her own promotional business in Australia to take up her passion for photography. Her photography has since been published in Marie Claire, Gourmet Traveller, Collezione, Belle, Eve and Flair.


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A gorgeously presented account of, admittedly, an impossibly perfect family's enviably sun kissed life in the South of France, this book is a sumptuous gift for anyone planning to travel to Provence, or relive a former sojourn. Beautiful photography, delicious descriptions, evocative snapshots of homes, scenery, food, markets, beaches, flowers, mountains, people make this book feel more like an heirloom than a family album and it is just as delightful to read as it is to simply get lost in the images and dream.
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I ordered this book for a friends birthday present, alongside Ines de la Fressange's "Parisian Chic" - these, coupled with a Moleskin specially for style choices, made a much enjoyed gift !
A truly lovely book.
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a well written book, have enjoyed it very much, as i am moving to france in the New Year i have really been inspired.
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Excellent thank you..very good shipping and on time.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94101e28) out of 5 stars 46 reviews
63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9410a9c0) out of 5 stars Ahh, France 7 Jan. 2008
By Barbara Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just returned from two weeks in Paris. As I was dreamily describing my adventure, someone asked, "Have you read My French Life?" I thought, just another book about I bought a house in France (or Italy) and this is how I dealt with the locals fixing it up, but this book is different. First of all it is so tastefully decorated, from its padded cover to its lovely photographs. In other words, so artistically French! I found myself reading it quickly when I opened it, and then I thought, slow down and savor this like an afternoon in a cafe. I buy a lot of books, read them and then pass them on, but this one I will keep to dip into over and over when I need a boost of French art, civility, and culture.
76 of 84 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9410aa14) out of 5 stars Great photos - horrible writing 15 Dec. 2007
By GBL925 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The photos are absolutely gorgeous - no question! Due to it's size and the beautiful photographs, it would make a wonderful coffee table book.

Unfortunately, as for the text, it is shockingly bad. It is disjointed, uninteresting, and the writing style reminds me of the overly flowery writing of a high school student who gets extra credit for every "unique" adjective they use.

It's a rather expensive book, so if you are purchasing it solely for the photos, by all means, it is recommended. If, however, you were hoping to be inspired to visit France, gain some insight into the country or way of life, or just be entertained.... then please save your money.
47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9410ae4c) out of 5 stars A Real Disappointment 9 Aug. 2008
By Laura MacDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I remember doing a search quite a while back for French Life (or something similiar) and found this book right before it's release. I immediately put it on my Wish List and kind of forgot about it.

A few months later, I found it again (going through my list) and decided I didn't want to spend $35 for this book so after much waiting it became available thru inter-library loan.

Let me tell you that I am so glad I was able to get it this way rather than pay for this overly-plush, terribly written book. Such a letdown..boring writing with heady photographs.
You will not learn anything new about the French in this book. It's the same thing: French style, food, politeness, slow pace, etc. And I got really sick of the author's constant referrals to her olive farm.

Best book on French style: Veronique Vienne's French Style: How to Think, Shop & Dress Like a Frenchwoman...magnificient OOP book but absolutely worth the inflated price.
Best book on French cuisine and life: Robert Arbor's Joie de Vivre.

Don't waste your time with this one. You'll just be paying for padded fluff.
61 of 71 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93f05234) out of 5 stars PRETENTIOUS, PRETENTIOUS, AND BEYOND PRETENTIOUS!!! 7 Aug. 2008
By ENTRE NOUS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have never read anything so utterly pretentious -- how wonderful that Ms Archer found this paradise and, at untold cost, restored it brick by brick, stone by stone, using the best local craftspeople,artisans, antiquarians and the like (and who all, along the way, became her new best friends)-- and telling us in the most mundane style how lucky she is to be able to sit and watch the olives grow while also tripping off to Paris or London (her now home).

Her ultimate coup, it seems, and which Ms. Archer proudly tells us she has received, was recognition,by the French Security person at the airport,of her HERMES BERKIN handbag. He informed her that she had bought the most perfect item in the whole world, made with utmost craftsmanship at Hermes-- and she has the privilege of owning it! MON DIEU!!!

Luckily, I got this book from my local library and thus have not added a centime to her rather full coffers. SAVE YOUR MONEY! BETTER TO DONATE IT TO A WORTHY CAUSE!!!!
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93f05318) out of 5 stars I, me, mine... 10 Oct. 2008
By Sam the girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had hoped the book was written to inspire a trip to France and explore the French lifestyle. Really, the writing left me unable to appreciate the lush photos; so self absorbed and boastful. My first ever return to Amazon.
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