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!
©2013 Ian Moore (P)2013 Audible Ltd
"I hate mods, I hate France and I hate reading but I still loved this book." (Lee Mack, comedian)
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
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
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!
We chose it to listen to as a family in the car and we have all absolutely loved it.
It reminds me of the equally good 'Road to Rouen' by Ben Hatch
His tone of voice beautifully illustrates his circumstances and his warmth when reading about his family is delightful.
We gave it a fair shot. As soon as we got in the car for the next leg of our journey the cry went up, 'put the book on!'
We were able to relate to the book, being amateur rural dwellers ourselves. It's a lovely book about the life and it's challenges that made us giggle and guffaw.
Probably not, I rated this book as interestring, but, so many better books out there that I would recommend.
If the author was more descriptive of the obviously wonderful area of France in which he lived. It felt like the author just scraped the surface.
No, not really, not this book.
I loved this book and it's companion volume 'Ce't Modnifique' - they were both such a wonderful surprise. The narration is excellent - I was not aware of Ian Moore as a stand-up comedian but his voice is perfect for telling the amusing and moving story of his family's life France and the various animals they adopt. I would recommend this to anyone.
It is not a twee 'we moved to France' book - it is a down to earth amusing read.
One of my favorite books, I enjoyed this book so much. It was incredibly funny, well narrated by the author and I totally related to his very funny account of family life .
To appreciate living in France and not keep playing down the French
Some one who really wants to live in France
Why did he write this book.?
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