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
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.