Almost French : A New Life in Paris, Paperback

Almost French : A New Life in Paris Paperback

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A delightful new twist on the travel memoir, Almost French takes readers on a tour fraught with culture clashes but rife with insight and deadpan humour - a charming true story of what happens when Sarah meets a very French Frenchman. Backpacking around Europe, twenty-something Sarah Turnbull meets Frederic and impulsively accepts his invitation to visit him for a week in Paris.

Eight years later, she is still there - and married to him.

The feisty Sydney journalist swaps vegemite for vichyssoise and all things French, but commits the fatal errors of bowling up to strangers at classy receptions, helping herself to champagne, laughing too loudly and (quelle horreur!) rushing out for a baguette in her 'pantalons de jogging'.

But Paris' maddening, mysterious charm proves irresistible and Sarah makes spectacular progress.

She finds work as a freelance journalist, learns to survive Parisian dinner parties and how to deal with grim-faced officialdom. As she navigates the highs and lows of Parisian life, covering the haute couture fashions shows and discovering the hard way the paradoxes of France today, Sarah succeeds in becoming 'almost French'.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9781857883701



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Fantastic!I enjoyed this book from start to finish, wonderously funny and with some useful tips for being accepted by the french.I did however find it took a little while to read - it was written in a very journalistic way - which i tended to get a bit tired of. But Beautiful all the same. Read it! Especially if you are interested or are going to France!Oh, and i am Australian too. I found it interesting to see how the French treat the Australians.

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(BookCrossing 28 April 2012)Another one promoted up the TBR so I could read and leave, although I have realised to my absolute horror that I was meant to send it back to the original owner – sorry, Sandy!A really well done expat book written by an Australian woman who falls in love with a French man, only to have to transform herself from a shorts-wearing, direct and friendly girl into a composed, well-dressed and distant almost-Frenchwoman, complete with groomed and whitened pet dog. It’s honestly put, with no self-pity and a lot of humour, and naturally structured rather than in themed chapters. Social gatherings and both people’s friends and families are particularly well portrayed, and it feels like it truly is a reflection of life in France.

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