House in the Sunflowers

Author(s): Ruth Silvestre

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This is the story of a dream come true. In 1976, in the Lot-et-Garonne region of south-west France, Ruth Silvestre and her famiy found Bel-Air de Grezelongue, a house that had been left deserted and uninhabited for ten years. They fell in love with it.A House in the Sunflowers tells of their affair with the house, from the search and initial frustrations, their euphoria when they finally bought it and the challenges of renovation and graduation assimilation into the local community. It provides rare glimpses of French family life in the region that is considered the gastronomic centre of France, complete with mouth-watering descriptions of meals in the sun and fascinating insights into the history and customs of this area.In this charming, funny and romantic book, Ruth Silvestre manages to include much practical and useful information for those who also wish to fulfil their dreams abroad. Lovers of France, its rural life and customs will be delighted with A House in the Sunflowers and its unforgettable love affair.


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'Exuberantly detailed account of buying a house in Lot-et-Garonne and mucking in with the peasantry...the author's great merit is that she makes us accept it on such enchanting terms' The Observer

RUTH SILVESTRE is a singer and actress, best known for playing Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha. As well as writing the Sunflowers books, she has had numerous childrens books and articles on France published.

General Fields

  • : 9780749008383
  • : Allison & Busby
  • : Allison & Busby
  • : July 2010
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ruth Silvestre
  • : Paperback
  • : 320