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French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief (English Edition)
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French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Chris Dolley
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"Exceptionally funny and entertaining book" - Romonko

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.’

Just when Chris and Shelagh 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.


"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 TV 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

"I can't think of anybody who wouldn't love this book! Well written, easy to read and laugh out loud funny!" - Brenda, Amazon

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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, a number one bestselling travel book on Amazon US, a number one biography, travel and entertainment book on Amazon France and has spent over a year in Amazon UK's bestseller charts. His novelette, What Ho, Automaton! was a finalist for the 2012 WSFA Small Press Award. And his novelette, Magical Crimes, was the number one bestselling free short story at Amazon UK in December 2011.

He's a director of the author-run publisher, Book View Cafe.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I laughed out loud 16 février 2013
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I felt the author tried to make me laugh at first but gradually I relaxed the story unfolded. At one point l laughed out loud,and thought l. recognised similar conversations in car by me and my husband. A very pleasant read.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 a book of two halves 7 février 2013
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The first half of the book was brilliant, I laughed so much I cried. I could so totally relate to it and yes we do have 10-feet caterpillars in France ! The second half was very disappointed and long winded. I really do not think it was worth featuring in a book....
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 french fried 1 mars 2013
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C'était excellent... A plu énormément. Je le recommanderais à tous ceux qui aiment la variété et l'intérêt. Félicitations pour le créateur et le producteur
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Funny - all the way through 25 août 2010
Par S. Schwartz - Publié sur
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This is an exceptionally funny and entertaining book. It outlines one couple's move to southern France from England in about the year 1995. This particular couple not only moved themselves but an entire menagerie of animals including a lurcher puppy, 2 horses and 2 cats. The book outlines their exploits during their move as well as all the stuff that happened after they actually finally got into their home. The description of them trying to get their vehicle "tax license" as it's called in France was very funny. Then to top it all off they end up in an identity theft scam that threatens their life savings. I couldn't put the book down. It was captivating and I loved the writer's descriptions of his own and his wife's characters. This is usually not the type of book that I would read, but it was made available to me read and I'm glad that it was. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exceptionally funny! 25 août 2010
Par Mrs Mary Aris - Publié sur
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French Fried is the zanily funny story about one man's odyssey when he decides to sell his farm in Devon, England and move to rural France with his wife, Shelagh and all their animals, two horses, three cats, including a large constipated dog named Gypsy and a horse that stubbornly refuses to go anywhere near a Horsebox. To add insult to this misadventurous chaos, Chris's identity is stolen, his bank account empty to the last penny, and Chris discovers to his dismay that somebody opens a bank account under his name in Ireland and someone cashes in on this bank account in Spain. Chris is caught in an international dilemma but the police in four countries can't help him as they each argue that the case is under each countries' jurisdiction. The French government says that it is a matter of to be dealt by English authorities as the correspondence came from England. The British authorities wash their hands of the case, even if British Passports were forged to open the account in Ireland. Another account under Chris' name is opened in Spain. This is where the money was drawn out from. The Spanish authorities are on holiday and won't contemplate to investigate the matter until they're back from holiday. Alarmed and angered, Chris decides to take matters into his own hands and becomes a sleuth himself to get to the bottom of this caper. He is no Sherlock Holmes....Chris undertakes matters in his own hands with his trusty 80 year old mother-in-law and 'excitable' puppy.

The Author writes his own account of his move to France in 1995. This is a true story. The story is told in the first person. The author, Chris is the Narrator. It was originally titled, Nous sommes Anglais. I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh in places. My favourite scene was the bit where the Horse, Rhiannon, didn't want to go into the Horse Box. No matter how much they cajoled him and bribed him with apples and polo mints, the Horse would be immovable and refuse to mount the plank to get into the Horsebox. Shelagh managed to cajole him to mount the ramp at some point, but then the horse kicked its heels and climbed out. But when Chris and Shelagh were about to give in, Rhiannon clambered up inside the Horse box with no qualms as if to say 'I'll give 'em hell first, then show 'em who is boss!' It would be interesting if this book were to be made into a movie. I'd certainly watch it. This book is a great read and makes a light read to take on holiday with you. (
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Laugh Out Loud Funny 25 février 2011
Par Brenda Grate - Publié sur
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I really enjoyed this book. Dolley has a great style that is both comfortable and funny. He makes you feel like you're sitting around enjoying a glass of wine while he tells you funny stories about his life. I enjoyed it so much I read many passages out loud to my husband. Be careful if you have a beverage while reading, you might want to pause while sipping. Great storytelling. I look forward to more books by Chris Dolley.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Has some good moments but a bit too scattered 23 août 2010
Par drebbles - Publié sur
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When Chris and Shelagh Dolley move from England to France, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. But their problems with their animals, plumbing, cars, and language barriers seem small when they discover someone has stolen Chris's identity - and their life savings. The case turns out to span four countries and the police in each country are of little help. Chris decides to investigate the case himself, along with the help of Shelagh, her 80 year old mother, and their puppy.

"French Fried" is an odd mixture of a book. The first part of the book is mostly humorous filled with the misadventures of moving to France. At times it is laugh out loud funny and at other times the humor is over exaggerated and forced as if Dolley is trying too hard to make readers laugh. Some of the things that happened weren't their fault and those are the funniest moments in the book. Other events that happen (mostly because of Chris Dolley's male stubbornness) aren't so funny and make you wonder about the intelligence of both Chris and Shelagh. Halfway through, the book takes a more serious turn when Chris discovers his identity has been stolen. At that point the book becomes like a mystery novel as Dolley struggles to get various police to help him and finally strikes out on his own. Readers will follow the clues as Dolley does and no doubt be surprised by the various twists the story takes. There is still some humor there, but for the most part Dolley treats it with the seriousness it deserves. This is perhaps the best part of the book - the forced humor is gone and Dolley's fears, frustration, and anger clearly come through.

"French Fried" is a bit too scattered but has some interesting moments.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hilarious 13 juillet 2010
Par Lynn Bough - Publié sur
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I'm not quite sure how I found this. I am not a big fan of humorous books but this book is funny,in fact, it is so funny that my sides actually hurt from laughing. The series of misadventures that befall this gentleman, his wife, two horses, two cats and a large puppy are so improbable that they have to be true. The author is a facile writer and obviously able to chronicle the humor that lies beneath many of our day to day aggravations. Definitely recommended.
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