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A Piano in the Pyrenees: The Ups and Downs of an Englishman in the French Mountains (Audio CD)

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Author: Tony Hawks / Genre: Travel

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      29.05.2009 11:20
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      Well worth a listen and will pass the time of day very nicely.

      I think the best way to describe this audio book would be to say its a very, very nice story. I know that's a bit lame but it really does sum it up nicely, as nothing truly exciting or amazing happens in it, but it is still very good and well worth listening to.

      As with all of the Tony Hawks books, the book is a true story about an event in his life. In this case, it is about him buying a house in France, and all the adventures that go along with it! Tony soon learns that the pace of life is a lot slower than he is used to and things can take a lot longer to build in rural France than London!

      As you would expect, Tony integrates himself fully into the French village lifestyle and becomes a popular member of the community. He even becomes good friends with the estate agent who sold him the house!

      The book title comes from the fact that part of the reason for buying the house was his dream of practicing his piano playing in a peaceful and beautiful part of the world - namely France.

      The book is read by Tony himself in his unique voice and manner and in parts is hilarious but humour does play its part the whole way through. There has always been a continual sub-story to each of Tony's books - his love life. This book is no different but with a surprising twist.....


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    'If you had to pick two things you wanted - if you had to - what would you pick?' I hesitated. This was a bigger question than usually got asked at these post-match debriefs. 'I suppose the honest answer would be,' I said, still accessing the last pieces of required data from a jumbled mind, - 'meeting my soul mate, and finding an idyllic house abroad somewhere.' Inspired by breathtaking views and romantically dreaming of finding love in the mountains, Tony Hawks impulsively buys an idyllic house in the French Pyrenees. And here, he imagines, he will finally fulfil his childhood fantasy of mastering the piano, all the while overlooking spectacular views as the troubles of the world pass by unnoticed. Tony's hopelessly ill-prepared stumbling into the world of overseas home ownership is perhaps best read as a useful manual of how not to go about buying a house abroad. He flirts with the removal business in a disastrous attempt to take his piano over to France in a dodgy white van; foolishly elects to build a swimming pool himself; and takes his experience of relationships to a new level when he finds himself co-habiting, not with a beautiful French woman, but with his old mate Ron the builder from West London. Yet as Tony and his small group of friends haplessly attempt to integrate themselves into local village life, they learn more about themselves and each other than they ever bargained for. And for at least one of them, love is found at last, in the most unexpected of places.

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