Celestine, Paperback Book
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When Gillian Tindall discovered a cache of tightly folded letters in a deserted house in central France, recently emptied of 150 years of a family's possessions, she uncovered the obscure and moving life of one woman, Celestine Chaumette.

This is Tindall's brilliantly original recreation of the vanished world of a French village.


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Acquired via BookCrossing 27 Feb 2010 - at the Birmingham meetupAn amazing book based on real events when Tindall found a cache of old letters in a house in a French village, mainly asking for a woman's, Celestine's, hand in marriage in the 1860s. Knowing Celestine's grand-daughter lived in the village, she traces the interconnecting relationships between the villagers, the landscape, and wider French history, right up to their present-day lives in the village. Wonderful - warm and rich and the village seems really similar to the one we've been staying in, if in a different area.

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