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When Charles Timoney and his French wife were both made redundant in the same week, they decided to try living in France for a year or so. It proved much harder than expected. Charles's O level in French was little help when everyone around him consistently used a wide variety of impenetrable slang and persisted in the annoying habit of talking about things he had never heard of. But they stayed. Two decades and two thoroughly French children later, An Englishman Aboard is Charles's third book on his experience of France, the French people and the French language: Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul, A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: The Ideal Guide to Sounding, Acting and Shrugging Like the French and now An Englishman Aboard.
After reading An Englishman Aboard, I enjoyed it so much I went and immediately purchased his other two books, Pardon My French and A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi. Charles Timoney is a charming and entertaining guide to France and the French, he’s lived and worked there for many years and has a relaxed if often puzzled view of his adopted country. Relaxing in itself to read of someone risking life and limb in a rowing boat on The Seine, marry this with the beguiling prose and An Englishman Aboard has to be the ideal holiday read. Like for Like Reading... Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, Terry Darlington C'Est La Folie, Michael Wright