A Barn in Normandy by Jennie Phillips

A Barn in Normandy

Principal category Biography
Word count (approximate pages) 44,500 (105)
In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $3.00

“The Good Life in France”

Jennie and her actor husband Conrad form part of a wave of enterprising Brits who, in the 1980’s and 1990’s, buy up property in France, restore it, and live the good life. In their case, it’s an old barn which they fall in love with. Although a beautiful and robust building, it presents them with enormous challenges as they struggle to make it into a home while at the same time retaining its unique character.

The couple are welcomed with open arms into both French and English communities, but cultural and linguistic differences give rise to many humorous happenings which Jennie’s sharp eye and delicious turn of phrase record in detail.

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The two expats are born survivors, rising above ill health and even escaping virtually unscathed from the Lothar Storm of December 1999. They take everything in their stride until one dark night a road accident undermines their confidence in their chosen country. Will they retire defeated or will they battle through to recreate their dream?

This is a book which makes you feel a part of the author’s life as she embraces her surroundings, including the primitive lifestyle which the building project necessitates in its early stages. The text is embellished by colour photographs.

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Skeoch – Our New Life On A Scottish Hill Farm

Skeoch - Our new life on a Scottish hill farm

 Principal category Biography
 Word count (approximate pages) 48,900 (129)
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An amazing tale of triumph over adversity

The author, her actor husband Conrad and their small daughter Kate leave London for a new life in South West Scotland. Although they know nothing about farming, they have bought Skeoch Farm, and they are determined to make it viable.

But nothing is easy. The farm is large and run down, and establishing by trial and error what crops and animals are best suited is the steepest of learning curves. While spirits are willing, the flesh is still used to the comforts of city living, and exhaustion, due both to physical work on the farm and arduous commuting to fulfill acting commitments in England, takes its toll.

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The beauty of the place and the humour of the situations shine through. After a second daughter has been born, one day the two children are discovered leaving home Dick-Whittington-fashion to ‘live with the fairies’ who according to their lore live in a wood at the foot of the property. Their parents realise with a jolt how much the relentless work has made them neglect other areas of their lives.

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This is an honest, gritty and at times tragic account of a pioneering lifestyle in which mistakes are fully and freely acknowledged. It is also a well-constructed, entertaining and often funny story which seizes the imagination on the first page and continues to hold it until the very end.

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A Postcard From Umbria (illustrated)

A postcard from Umbria

 Principal category Travel
 Word count (approximate pages) 12,500 (42)
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Italy – an expat’s view

A postcard from Umbria is an anthology of articles written by an experienced author describing her and her husband’s exploits as they emigrate nearly 2,000 km due south – a journey which takes them from the UK to the Umbria region of central Italy. Before they can live in their new house, they have to spend six fruitless hours in front of a Notary because the vendor had built an extension without planning permission and then their removal men knock down the gate pier and get snowed in. Later they relocate within Italy to a house built on the site of another house destroyed by an earthquake. It has been left abandoned and needs some very ingenious restoration.

Along the way, there are snippets about hunters, the limited Italian diet, the bitterly cold winters, and vivid descriptions of native wildlife such as wild boar, snakes, butterflies and porcupines.

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There is plenty of humour, pathos, and wit in the articles which paint a fascinating, if somewhat different picture to that portrayed by television crews in whose world the sun always shines (when temperatures down to -12C are the norm in winter) and the olive oil crop is ‘liquid gold’ (when the reality is that the cost of labour picking the olives and then pressing them grossly exceeds their value for most landowners).

Alongside the text are numerous photographs taken by the author who is also a keen natural history photographer.

Although ‘A postcard from Umbria’ is a very unique and personal account of two British expats who moved to Italy, it is also a valuable source of advice for anyone considering making the move.

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