What a treat! Enhanced by knowing both Michelle and the Ariege...but still a thoughtful and interesting treatise on 'living the dream' and of identity...what does it mean to be a Brit? How comfortable can one feel living in a different language? Some of the things she says really resonated with me....I really enjoyed it and it will be thinking about it for a while!
by Mary Hope
An interesting read! I have often watched 'A Place in the Sun' on TV and always end up dreaming of owning such a property. A lovely large house with plenty of land to do whatever, with beautiful scenery all around. Very tempting! I can see how some would follow their dreams without any real thought beyond any potential pitfalls. Such as the cost of heating large houses during the winter. Or the upkeep for house/land when you get too old to cope. Another thought is the transport to the nearest airport or railway station, which could be miles away. There is so much more to think about. This book tells of the experiences of some who have moved to a remote corner of France. Stories from old-timers, newcomers, those wanting to returned to the UK. Those who feel isolated or those who become village celebrities. I have relatives that moved to France after they retired and loving it. I do recommend one reads this book, especially if you are thinking of moving to France, or any other country come to that.
Interesting and honest coverage of the British ex-pat community in a fairly specific area of France. Wanders off into descriptions of local hiking trails, but otherwise the biographical sections were enjoyable.
by Turi Becker
Born in the Midlands, Michelle now divides her time between Devon and the French Pyrenees.
Michelle has always been fascinated by the idea of moving abroad for a new life, and this led her to gain a PhD in Applied Linguistics from her study of British migration to a little-known corner of the French Pyrenees.
Her first book with Matador, A House at the End of the Track, combines those stories of the English incomers with a travel narrative exploring the landscapes of the Couserans region of the Ariege.
Michelle is an associate lecturer in Applied Linguistics and she also works as a consultant in English language assessment. In her spare time she loves to explore landscapes with a mixture of walking, cycling, photography and painting. For taster articles and photographs, visit www.michelle-lawson.com.