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Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog: Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence Paperback – 8 May 2012
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'The best relocation book I have read and a smashing book by any standards. No condescension, no mysticism, just a robust response to the realities. Well plotted, with humour, characters and jeopardy. It kept me up half the night.'(Terry Darlington, author of Narrow Dog to Carcasonne)
'Warmth, sunshine, lavender, baking bread, garlic, pastis, Gauloises - and, of course, truffles. The scents and flavours of Provence waft and spill from every delicious page. Read it and salivate.'(Antony Woodward, author of The Garden in the Clouds and Propellerhead)
'Jamie's evocative writing always makes me hungry!'(Olly Smith, television presenter and wine expert)
'A great read. This entertaining story of truffles, healthcare and building a la française had me engaged and laughing out loud.'(Caro Feely, author of Grape Expectations)
'Jamie Ivey's evocative descriptions of the characters, food and wines of Provence in Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog are often so vividly seductive that I was honestly tempted - as a vegetarian alcoholic sworn off the booze - to return to eating savoury meat dishes and quaffing rosé wine. I think I'll pass on the steak tartare though! A brilliant read, highly recommended.'(John Dummer, author of Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette)
'This is a great and humorous adventure of relocating to a foreign land and the realities of French bureaucracy ready to crush a mad Englishman's dreams!!'(Julie Knowles Waterstones' Bookseller)
'their tale is by turns laugh-out-loud and poignant.'(French Property News)
'a charming story.'(Destination France)
'I laughed out loud and wept with them. From the descriptions of markets, recipes and food, one can practically smell the garlic, herbs and truffles.'(Townswoman magazine)
'Jamie has a talent for infusing each character with such life that you feel as if you've known them forever… Beautifully narrated, with writing as crisp and cool as a glass of Jamie's favourite rosé, Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog is the perfect escape from a bleak winter's day, and the titular truffle dog is the perfect companion.'(PetFocus)
About the Author
JAMIE IVEY was a formerly a lawyer in London. "Extremely Pale Rose" is his first book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Jamie clearly has a very deep love of France, but writes in such a way that is accessible to all. Many writers of this genre tend to leave you feeling like they are writing for members of their own exclusive clique,who will be the only ones to get the joke, or appreciate the subject. There is also no hint of condescension which is a trap most expat writers fall in to.
Travellers, foodies, wine lovers, dog lovers, expectant parents, tenants, entrepreneurs, those embarking on building a house, or even the odd bit of poaching will find themselves captivated from start to finish. As well as those who fancy going on a great adventure.
Well written in an easy, flowing style with fabulous descriptions, this is the perfect companion for anyone this summer, be it poolside, or with a bottle of rose at a cafe watching the world go by.
If you have a kindle, or enough space in your handluggage, download all his books so you can enjoy the Ivey's French adventures from start to finish. If only they could have included the recipes. Maybe that's the next book? Certainly hope so.
I would like to see him try a novel or another book about living in Provence.He has enough experience. His writing is similar to Peter Mayle but, I feel, more honest, less funny, yet more entertaining. He deserves to be better known but that may spoil the possibilities of new material. I am certainly curious about his wine business and whether Snuffles found any more truffles!
What he does conjure up is the glorious Provençale countryside and makes me want to return to experience it's delights once again.
As a "doggy" person who can relate to the training efforts put in to achieve an end goal i found the whole exercise amusing. My husband is now reading the book and laughs out loud at some of the antics.
The book does remind me of "A year in Provence" in many ways which is a great tome.
If you are looking for a memoir about the ups and downs of family life in Provence, are interested in the food and wine of France and you want to learn more about the delicious truffle and how to find it, I can recommend this book.
I love the brilliant way the author describes each character so you actually feel as if you are living in this village in Provence.
Jamie Ivey has become one of my favourite authors...my only other favourite author is Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, the author of The Most Beautiful Book in the World.
I am looking forward to enjoying more books written by Jamie Ivey.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book...cannot quite make out if any of his other books are part of a series..superb writer. Well recommended.Published 5 months ago by Adrian
Great read.Makes you want to pack your bags and head off on an adventure.Great nightime reading.Nothing too taxing before sleepPublished 10 months ago by mrs j r myers
Not too much on truffles and lots of middle class waffle. Still a reasonable read.Published 22 months ago by Edward
Light hearted look at a Brits life in Provence. Holiday readPublished 23 months ago by Mrs Helen Wiffen
An interesting read! Enjoyable. Our new 'petite-fille' has been referred to as a 'crevette' since I read this book, so we understood! Timely!Published 23 months ago by Rosie Bear