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books  A competition!   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceA while back (quite a while back, if I’m being honest!) I received a review copy of Norman’s Folly by Clare Norman.

I put the book on www.BooksAboutFrance.com and promptly completely forgot to mention it here.

Thus, a free copy of Norman’s Folly by Clare Norman is available to whoever wins today’s cunning creative competition!

All you have to do is write a simple limerick that sums up one aspect of expat life in France.

It can be funny, it can be sad, it doesn’t even have to mention Citroen 2CVs!

The entries should be posted as as comments on this post and the deadline is midnight Tuesday the 22nd of February!

May the best limerick writer win!




books  A competition!   because we all love reading blogs about life in France ‘Norman’s Folly’ outlines a process that many of us may have thought about engaging with: a lifestyle change in a new country.

Having questioned their daily routine in the UK and found it wanting, the Norman family made the brave decision to relocate to France.

Actually, the decision was pretty much made for them when they were shown what is now their rural home and took a gut reaction to ‘go for it’.

As author Clare Norman explains, the route they chose wasn’t always smooth (literally, in some cases, with regards the road that leads to their property).

And things didn’t happen as fast as they would have liked them too. But along the way they met a number of delightful French characters who add charm and warmth to this warts-and-all tale of change, development and growth.

It’s some time, now, since the germ of the idea of moving to France. But Clare and her family have embraced village life, integrated with the locals and created for themselves the idyll they desired.

This is an honest account of the pain as much as the pleasures of such a move and the sheer hard work it entails, along with the delightful idiosyncrasies of the neighbourhood and its inhabitants around the Norman’s new home.

books  A competition!   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFor more information, or if you wish to purchase…

All the best

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106 Comments

  • By Katie Mac, February 22, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    It is half-term here in the schools
    lots of life in the parks and the pools,
    with Spring in the air
    it’s a matter of where
    I can really learn how to play Boules!

  • By Katie Mac, February 22, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    We’re on our way back from Guérande
    where we stopped for a Café Gourmand,
    Off to Mont St. Michel
    tomorrow, all well –
    then our friends sail away ‘cross the pond!

  • By Katie Mac, February 22, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    So this contest will now soon conclude –
    on Keith’s website did we intrude,
    Good, bad and absurd –
    Who’ll have the last word?
    For thought, there’s been plenty of food!

  • By Katie Mac, February 22, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    I’m logging out now for some tea –
    don’t think you’ll hear much more from me,
    getting on with my life
    the good times and strife,
    blending in with my French family..

  • By Jacqui, February 22, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    Oh to be an expat
    Who lives in a chic Paris flat
    But whatever you do
    Watch out for the poo
    It’s all over the place splat, splat, splat

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