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A Piano In The Pyrenees: The Ups and Downs of an Englishman in the French Mountains Paperback – 4 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (4 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091902673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091902674
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,554,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hugely entertaining" -- Daily Mirror

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The eagerly awaited hilarious new adventure from bestselling author Tony Hawks

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I enjoyed Tony's previous books, but I didn't find this one as enjoyable. I found this book to lack any particular focus and didn't seem to lead anywhere and it was a bit of a chore to see the book all the way through to the end. I felt that I could have just cut off at any point and not missed anything

I'm also surprised that other reviewers have complained that the book is unfair to the French as I felt it showed them in a great light and it certainly treated the English and their inability/unwillingness to speak the language equally as badly

I did rather get tired of Tony's lauding of the Rural French way of life over that of London city life, sure we'd all like to live in rural idyls but most of us have to work for a living
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Like the book ...have enjoyed Tony Hawks books ...going to the Pyrenees in May so found the book helpful ...
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Tony Hawks is a fine author of light hearted 'travel books'. He has certainly been around in his time, and his latest adventures to the Pyrenees provides an entertaining diary of his experiences.

This book not does have the same comic content as when Tony made his pilgrimage around Irland, but then draging a fridge around the Emerald Isle is hard to follow. Saying that, there are still a lot of light hearted moments.

I share some of Tony's experiences, being another Brit who has moved abroad, and this makes many of the stories in this book all the more relevant to me as a reader. Getting used to and accepted into a foreign culture is no easy taks, but Tony jumps in with both feet. It is pleasing to see that he is more than willing to make a fool of himself through his use of the French language and other English eccentricities - a must if you are truely going to fit in.

A good read. Pleasant, interesting and witty.
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Tony Hawks is one of those people who's been around for ages and is pretty much a professional panellist on the various comedy shows which pervade TV and radio. This is the second book I've read of his and I very much enjoyed it. His wit shines through certain chapters - such as the 'white van saga' and various other things. It isn't 'laugh out loud' funny, but it's amusing enough.

The French villagers seem to be a strange lot though and you get the impression that Hawks has embellished them a fair bit to shoehorn some more comedy into the book. The ending is a bit of a whirlwind, which in some ways doesn't ring true. All in all, it's a good book to while away a summer's day or to lull oneself into a (refreshing) state of slumber in the evening.
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If you found this book funny, you should try George East's Home & Dry in France. He has a series of books about living in France that are hilarious.
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Lovely book. But it's not quite like his others. Here there's no eccentric quest that the author sets himself at the beginning and nor is this a journey in the traditional travel-book sense of visiting a new place each chapter, but more, a sort of soap opera set in a small Pyrenean village with Hawks as the latest cast member, and, dare I say it, a slightly spiritual journey which makes the reader wonder what he or she wants from life. The subtitle "The Ups and Downs of an Englishman in the French Mountains" is a more accurate description of Hawks's latest adventure - the piano only plays a bit part, those of you disappointed with "Wonderland" will be pleased to learn. All in all, I liked this book. It made me giggle and it was also a very inspirational story - let's face it, we'd all love to up sticks and move to the south of France, wouldn't we? However, it does lose some appeal because it's not something we can all do (it all sounded jolly expensive to me) and so it is more difficult to relate to than the standard travel book in which we can always imagine ourselves in the author's shoes. If you enjoyed his other books, buy this one.
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Tony Hawks is a talented humorist and I have to admire his willingness to share some embarrassing episodes with the reader. For me the problem is that the ground covered in this book has been covered so many times before in books like "A Year in Provence" (though Hawks's book is funnier) and countless TV programmes, so there is an inevitable feeling of déja vu when reading it. Aside from that criticism, the book is a good holiday read.
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It's not quite as fast paced as Hawks' other titles, but it *is* a good read. If you travel and have driven abroad then you'll sympathise with much he experiences, and if you've thought about buying or moving abroad, then you'll really get something out of this. How he integrates into French village life, the saga of his pool, the builder who lives with him, the interesting characters he meets and how he struggles (blimey, if only I could speak French that well!) with the lingo: all great stuff. I read this under blue skies abroad and found it relaxing and entertaining. Good flowing writing style, gentle but good humour, and real life.
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