Caroline Longstaffe Sunflower Field Novel
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The Sunflower Field a Novel set in World War II Provence

Inspired by her expat experiences in the South of France, Caroline Longstaffe began writing her blog “Shutters and Sunflowers” in 2012. Her stories transport you from the United States to Provence, with the occasional dispatch from the United Kingdom. Longstaffe’s articles, provide readers with well-researched “Travel Tips from an English …

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Margo Lestz Author Curious Histories Provence
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Curious Histories of Provence, Tales from the South of France

My books are called Curious Histories and my blog is called the Curious Rambler. I like the word curious because of its double meaning: On the one hand, it means eager to know or learn something – which definitely applies to me: I’ve always been a curious person. But on …

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Book Van Gogh's Ear True Story
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The Book Van Gogh’s Ear – The True Story

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Recently, I met up with local author Bernadette Murphy whose book ‘Van Gogh’s Ear – The True Story’ has been such a success. It was chosen by BBC Radio 4 as their book of the week and was also the subject of a BBC2 TV documentary. …

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One Sip at a Time Book by Keith Van Sickle
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Book Review – One Sip at a Time Learning to Live in Provence

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Peter Mayle certainly started something back in 1989 when he published A Year in Provence. What a best-seller that turned out to be; and it launched a whole genre of ‘newcomer-to-Provence-buys-old-house/olive-grove’ books that document the inevitable cultural differences that we all bump up against. Is there anything more …

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My Good Life in France In Pursuit of the Rural Dream a Book Review

Although I have yet to meet Janine Marsh in person (and I do hope it happens one day), I can say with 100% confidence that she is funny, humble and slightly crazy. During summer months, it hardly rains in Provence, so I happily took advantage of a rainy day to …

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Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel Photo Book
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Provence Photo Book the Alpilles From the Air – Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel

Many of us love the Alpilles, the “little Alps” that rise between the famous Provencal towns of St-Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux. Their craggy beauty dominates the surrounding landscape. But outside of taking an airplane ride, it is impossible to appreciate them from the air. Until now. Gilles Lagnel’s new book, …

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Sunflower Field Book Château des Fouzes
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The Sunflower Field – The Story of Who First Cracked The Enigma Code

‘The Sunflower Field,’ my debut novel, is written to honor the ‘few’, of which there were thousands, who during World War II, in words inspired by Winston Churchill, “gave so much, for so many.” In particular for three of those ‘few’, the Polish mathematicians, Jerzy Rozycki, Marian Rejewski and Henryk Zygalski, with …

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Curious Histories Provence Margo Lestz
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New Book: Curious Histories of Provence: Tales from the South of France

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Hello Everyone, I’m happy to announce that my latest book, “Curious Histories of Provence: Tales from the South of France“ is now published. Ahh, Provence… that magical place in the south of France. It fills our minds with images of lazy, sunny days sitting …

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Beginner's Guide French Riviera by Mary Kay Seales
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The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera: Stop Dreaming and Start Packing

Book Review: “The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera“ from French Press Travel Books 2016 After 17 years of traveling to the French Riviera, every summer, and one very interesting winter and spring, and after being the go-to person among my friends and colleagues for advice about traveling to Paris and …

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Victor Hugo and the Joker
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Making the Connection Between Victor Hugo and the Joker

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: When you think of French writer, Victor Hugo, you probably think of his classic works, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Notre Dame de Paris)” or “Les Misérables.” You probably wouldn’t associate him with the Joker, that mad super-villain with the maniacal laugh who is …

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