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Almost French - Sarah Turnbull

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Before EAT, PRAY, LOVE there was ALMOST FRENCH

'This isn't like me. I'm not the sort of girl who crosses continents to meet up with a man she hardly knows. Paris hadn't even been part of my travel plan...' After backpacking her way around Europe journalist Sarah Turnbull is ready to embark on one last adventure before heading home to Sydney. A chance meeting with a charming Frenchman in Bucharest changes her travel plans forever.

Acting on impulse, she agrees to visit Frédéric in Paris for a week. Put a very French Frenchman together with a strong-willed Australian girl and the result is some spectacular - and often hilarious - cultural clashes. Language is a minefield of misunderstanding and the simple act of buying a baguette is fraught with social danger.

But as she navigates the highs and lows of this strange new world, from the sophisticated caf s and haute couture fashion houses to the picture postcard French countryside, little by little Sarah falls under its spell: passionate, mysterious, infuriating, and charged with that French specialty - s duction. And it becomes her home. ALMOST FRENCH is the story of an adventurous heart, a maddening city - and love.

About The Author

Sarah Turnbull is a freelance writer. Formerly a television journalist with SBS, she began working in print media after moving to France from Sydney seven years ago. Since then she has been writing regularly for magazines ranging from THE AUSTRALIAN MAGAZINE to AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER and she is a contributing editor to MARIE CLAIRE. In the 1998 MPA awards Sarah was named Feature Writer of the Year for three investigative stories published in MARIE CLAIRE. As a student at the Australian National University, she studied politics, Fine Art and French. Sarah dropped French after failing the subject in her first year.

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I so LOVED this book..........

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    I so loved this book for so many reasons. The first is because it paralleled my life in as much as loving two countries, and being torn between the two.
    I loved the easy flowing way Sarah Turnbull wrote this book as it was so delightful to read and so very enjoyable. I am glad that her husband, Frédéric, encouraged her to write it. A most entertaining read.

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    great book as a gift for my daughter who has done the same

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      A fascinating insight into the real Paris

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          An interesting memoir of an Aussie girl who falls for a Frenchman and ends up living in Paris. Who would have expected that there would be such social differences, culturally and behaviourally? It was fascinating to read about Sarah's new life and the struggles she faced trying to assimilate into the French world, not the least of which was a difficult new language.

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          An Austalian view of the French.

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            The author writes very well which made me keep reading in order to understand why she made her home with such an infuriating man! I still don't know! But I did enjoy her version of the very different life in France, & ensured that I will never copy her.

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            ISBN: 9781864712766
            ISBN-10: 1864712767
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 320
            Published: 1st December 2010
            Publisher: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2  x 1.8
            Weight (kg): 0.22
            Edition Number: 3