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Your reading for September by Susan Keefe

One Sip at a Time:Learning to Live in Provence

by Keith Van Sickle

Can a two-career couple really pick up stakes and move to Provence?

When Californian Keith Van Sickle accepted an overseas work post to the French speaking Neuchatel in Switzerland, he and his wife could have believed that this event would be […]

Your reading for August . . .

Reviews by Susan Keefe

Tricycle and Friends

by Lester Aradi

This wonderful children’s books is about a three legged retriever called Tricycle who is adopted by a family, and goes to live at their farm.

Once there, he meets Buckaroo, the miniature donkey. The two quickly become friends, and Buckaroo introduces Tricycle to some […]

Your reading for July, Reviews by Susan Keefe

The Staircase of Fire by Ben Woodard In writing this exciting adventure story, the author takes his reader back to Kentucky in 1923, a time when racial prejudice was rampant and the Ku Klux Klan were very much at large…

The main character in the story is a fourteen year old boy called Tom. He […]

Your reading for June

The Little Bastards by Jim Lindsay A true celebration of life in the 1950’s, this coming of age story encompasses the good, bad and the ugly side of this amazing decade. Although not a biography, the author of this exciting story has utilised his experience of growing up in these times to make this incredible […]

Your reading for May

Billy Gogan, American: A Novel by Roger Higgins Lose yourself in the pages of this exciting historical novel as you follow the adventures of Billy Gogan, an Irish orphan sent to America on the eve of the 1844 Irish Famine. Discover the dangers he faces as he lives by his wits, and does what he […]

Your reading for April

Absurdimals: Lola Goes to School

by Gywendolyn Javor

Lola the Belephant says be different, be an Aburdismal!

The author of this amazing children’s book, Gwendolyn Javor is on a mission, and the mission is to reach out to children and through her wonderful storytelling teach them that it is okay to be different. Her passion […]

Your Reading for March

Hosting Hapless Helpers

by Karen Luff

Karen Luff, the author, left her native UK with her husband and five year old son for a new life in France over 12 years ago. The large house they fell in love with is called Le Chataignier, and it came with a cottage, several barns and land. Like […]

Your reading for February

by Susan Keefe

Lagrasse and the Corbières : Life in the deep south of France

by Stuart Benton

A thoroughly entertaining guide to the Corbières region of southern France.

This wonderfully entertaining and informative book is not only a great read but it also offers priceless glimpses into the breath-taking […]

Pickering’s views on Policy, Patents and Passports

by Richard Pickering

Ins and outs Data from the ONS reveals the largest annual drop in net migration to the UK for decades (75% of the reduction coming from the EU). The decrease from 336,000 pa to 230,000 reflects 80,000 fewer people arriving and 26,000 more leaving. The first signs of a ‘Brexodus’? Digging […]

Your reading for January

Unedited! (Because life is): Recipes, ramblings and a few creative ideas from the kitchen at The Cosy Pigsty

by Kati Barr-Taylor The title of this wonderful book draws you in doesn’t it, and then as soon as you read the introduction you realise that this is not going to be your run of the mill […]