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  • Published: 6 June 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141970202
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 300
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An Englishman Aboard

Discovering France in a Rowing Boat




The hilarious story of one man's mishap-ridden attempt to travel the entire length of the Seine by boat

When Charles shows his friends the rowing boat he has spent the last six months building, he little realises the adventures that lie ahead. Several glasses of champagne later (it is New Year's Eve), he finds himself betting he will travel the entire length of the Seine from source to the sea in the next year and discover the true France.

But the reality proves somewhat more difficult than he had expected. As Charles sets sail into an unvarnished France on a variety of craft from steamers to police patrol boats to inflatables, he encounters truffle-thieving terriers and obsessive fishermen, grapples with strong rapids and stubborn cattle, and is nearly destroyed by a cheese so smelly it comes with its own health warning.

This is the charming and often hilarious story of Charles's Quixotic quest - and the most unique guide to the true France that you will find.

  • Published: 6 June 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141970202
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 300
Categories:

About the author

Charles Timoney

When Charles Timoney and his French wife were both made redundant in the same week they decided to try living in France for a year or so. It proved much harder than expected. Charles' O level in French was little help when everyone around him consistently used a wide variety of impenetrable slang and persisted in the annoying habit of talking about things he had never heard of. But they stayed. Two decades and two thoroughly French children later, he decided to write the books that would have saved him from so many blunders and misunderstandings along the way.

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Praise for An Englishman Aboard

There are new year's resolutions and then there are those rash decisions that come after the last bottle has been drunk on the last night of the year. The journey down the Seine that Charles Timoney describes in his third book about France stemmed from the latter ... a charming story of life along the river ... that lingers in the mind

Sunday Times (Books of the Month)

A wonderful view of France as seen from the water, and through the eyes of a genuinely funny writer - I laughed out loud

Philip Marsden (author of The Levelling Sea)

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