Today, at BordeauxLife, we are very much looking forward to reading a new book. We adore our adopted city and wouldn’t change a thing but we would be lying if we said that the Bordeaux weather in January and February can be somewhat challenging. Cold, wet and still dark at early o’clock - well let’s just say it isn’t Miami!
One of our favourite past-times is curling up with a good book and if that book makes us laugh, if it makes us think of long French balmy summer evenings and if it makes us feel slightly better about some of those silly mistakes we have made over the years, then all the better.
Dan Jones has hit the nail on the head. His first novel - Extracting Goats from Jean-Claude’s Kitchen - is a wonderfully entertaining look at the challenges of expat integration to life in rural France. Whether Dan is contemplating the ins and outs of septic tank management or the pitfalls of “les bises”, his book is a combination of humour, empathy and a very obvious love of french life.
Making mistakes, culturally or linguistically, is one of the pitfalls of moving to a new country (I still blush, some 10 years later, remembering my local butchers face when I resorted to mime, having temporary forgotten the words for “chicken breast”, and his cheeky response - “desolé Madame - j’ai n’en ai pas d’aussi gros”). Nice!
We’ve loved reading the extracts and can’t wait to read Dan’s book in it’s glorious entirety. If you would like to order a copy then please click on this link www.danjonesauthor.com.
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