Ian Moore is a stand-up comedian in the UK and a husband, father of three boys, farmhand and chutney-maker in France. He is a mod in both walks of life and most of his time is spent travelling grumpily between the two. Comedian, mod and professional grump Ian Moore has had enough. Tired of being unable to park anywhere near his cramped house in a noisy town he doesn’t like, he hatches a plan to move his wife and young son to a remote corner of the Loire Valley in search of serenity and space.
Several years later, Ian finds himself up to his neck in bilingual offspring, feral cats, promiscuous horses, dysfunctional spaniels and needy hens; he’s wrestling with electric fences, a foreign language, a mountain of animal waste and a wife who collects livestock like there’s a biblical flood on the horizon, all while trying not to dirty his loafers.
But despite the ups, downs and increasing demands of Ian’s showbiz career, the Moore family persevere in true Brit style to create a unique, colourful and ultimately rewarding life in their new home - a la campagne and a la mod!
"I hate mods, I hate France and I hate reading but I still loved this book." (Lee Mack, comedian)
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tale of ex pat Brit in France with a Parka & pets
Realistic overview of many problems encountered by a ex Pat moving to but not working in France. Loved the less than glamorous travel options he had to use in order to make the life economically viable. Great descriptions of the local customs and rubbish disposal options.
This has to be the family's attempts to sell bric a brac at the French equivalent of a car boot sale - only to end up taking more home than they brought.
Reading his own story, Ian Moore brings just the right balance of emotion and dry wry humour to the book
Merde pets & Parkas
- Jane Viccars
I loved it!
This is a great audiobook. Its 'feelgood', light, funny and endearing. I very quickly felt like I knew all of the family. Even half way in, I knew I would listen to this book again. Ideal relaxation.
Dealing with French officialdom!
- Ann D