French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief

French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief

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by Chris Dolley
     
 

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* New York Times bestseller *

Animals behaving badly, other people's misfortunes and the most bizarre true crime story ever. French Fried is the unfortunately true account of Chris Dolley’s first eight months in France and has been described as ‘A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.’

Moving house with three cats, two

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* New York Times bestseller *

Animals behaving badly, other people's misfortunes and the most bizarre true crime story ever. French Fried is the unfortunately true account of Chris Dolley’s first eight months in France and has been described as ‘A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.’

Moving house with three cats, two horses and an enormous puppy is fraught at the best of times. But during a storm? Within ten minutes of Chris and Shelagh landing in France a gust of wind rips the roof off their horse transporter and they and their animals are left on a cliff top while a replacement horsebox is sent for from England. From then on it gets worse.

Their new home has no heating or hot water. The plumber prefers to use the outside wall rather than any of the five toilets dotted around the house, and the police have just placed their car under house arrest.

Just when they think nothing more could possibly go wrong, they discover that Chris’s identity has been stolen and their life savings – all the money from their house sale in England that was going to finance their new life in France – had disappeared. A bank account had been opened in Chris’s name in Spain to take the proceeds.

Then they’re abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insist the crime belongs in someone else's jurisdiction. The French say it’s an Irish crime as that’s where the money was held. The Irish say it’s French as that’s where all the correspondence came from. The British say it’s nothing to do with them even though forged British passports were used to open the bank account in Spain. And the Spanish are on holiday – and can’t even think about investigating any bank account for at least four weeks.

So Chris has to solve the crime himself. But unlike fictional detectives he has an 80 year-old mother-in-law and an excitable puppy who insist they come along if he's going anywhere interesting - like a stakeout.

Reviews:

"This was a fantastic read. It had me laughing so much that I nearly got relegated to the sofa! Once I had started reading this book, I could not put it down, I was even quite happy to miss my favourite T.V programmes!" - Bookmarked

"When I downloaded this book this morning, I had every intention of putting it on my phone and reading it in dribs and drabs. And now I appear to have finished the book! The best thing about 'French Fried' is it's sense of humour; warm, self-deprecating, and very British. Literally laugh out loud in several places (I'm glad I'm the only one home!)." - Librarything

"Chris Dolley's humour reminds me of James Herriot at times, with my husband shushing me in the middle of the night. I could not put this book down and enjoyed it immensely. The characters, especially Nan, were life-size." - Salammi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011058417
Publisher:
Book View Cafe
Publication date:
06/23/2010
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
77,215
File size:
850 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author, a pioneer computer game designer and a teenage freedom fighter. That was in 1974 when Chris was tasked with publicising Plymouth Rag Week. Some people might have arranged an interview with the local newspaper. Chris created the Free Cornish Army, invaded the country next door, and persuaded the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. As he told journalists at the time, 'It was only a small country, and I did give it back.' In 1981, he created Randomberry Games and wrote Necromancer, one of the first 3D first person perspective D&D computer games. In 2004, his acclaimed novel, Resonance, was the first book plucked out of Baen's electronic slushpile. Now he lives in rural France with his wife and a frightening number of animals. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity when Chris's identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insisted the crime originated in someone else's jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, and got a book out of it - the International bestseller, French Fried: One Man's Move to France With Too Many Animals And An Identity Thief. He writes SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Humour and Memoir. His memoir, French Fried, is an NY Times bestseller. What Ho, Automaton! - the first of his Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mysteries series - was a finalist for the 2012 WSFA Small Press Award.

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French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
French Fried What a wonderful book! This is the witty memoir of Chris Dolley’s family who moved, menagerie in tow, from England to France. It’s the tale of both their adventures during the move, as well as their story of his victimization by an identity thief. I won’t give away any spoilers, but suffice it to say that the gifted author writes so cleverly, and the story has so many twists and turns, that it’s hard to remember it’s true! The love between Dolley and his wife, as well as his sense of humor, help to keep them afloat during the ups and downs of their adventures. I found it hard to put the book down, and I hope that Dolley will write again; he’s a natural!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title intrigued me, so I decided to try it out, even though there were no reviews. What a treat! The author is so very witty and his misadventures kept me laughing well into the night when I should have been sleeping. Anyone who has visited (or moved to) a new country and had to deal with an unfamiliar language and new customs will appreciate the craziness of this story. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago