We have been using his books for many years and have found them fantastic. I plan the routes and Alastair shows me where to stay. I've never been one for safety and these books run the full gambit. For a badly educated idiot who never did French at school staying in, French speaking only, places can be a challenge but also a great learning opportunity. It's amazing how much French us English know once we get over our fear of being wrong. These books have made friends for me all over France, from titled Count to artists and chiefs. I've had cooking lessons for lovely little ladies and had help from grumpy car mech's. All these experiences where fun after they where finished, if not at the time. They were all driven by Mr Sawday. He made good my lack of education, in French at least. A good/great buy at any price.