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  • Published: 10 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781846144806
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99
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An Englishman Aboard: Discovering France in a Rowing Boat



Charles Timoney can't resist a challenge. So when, after a few glasses of Champagne, he bets his friends that he'll travel the entire length of the Seine in a rowing boat he's been building in his garage, he can't back down. His English honour is at stake, after all. 

Charles Timoney can't resist a challenge. So when, after a few glasses of Champagne, he bets his friends that he'll travel the entire length of the Seine in a rowing boat he's been building in his garage, he can't back down. His English honour is at stake, after all. 

It is a journey that will take him from source to sea, via stubborn cattle, truffle-hunting terriers, amorous carp fishermen, Roman goddesses, drunken choirs, river policemen and a cheese so smelly it's forbidden to take it on public transport. Along the way, he discovers a France that most of us don't see, and finds there's nothing quite like messing about in a boat (or, failing that, a steamer, Batobus, inflatable and amphibious car . . .)

'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

'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

  • Published: 10 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781846144806
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99
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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