Monday, 22 October 2012

Mediterranean Homesick Blues: A Diary of Life-affirming Disasters on the Côte D’Azur.

NEW BOOK DESCRIBED AS A YEAR IN PROVENCE MEETS THE BEACH MEETS THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4

The year is 1994 and longtime Francophile, undergraduate and hapless romantic Ben spends a year split between teaching English to rowdy teenagers in Cannes and taking orders from their topless mums on a beach in St. Tropez.
 
Mediterranean Homesick Blues is The Catcher in The Rye set in Coventry and the Côte d’Azur - written from the point of view of a repressed and charmingly naive Englishman. A diary of life-affirming disasters against a backdrop of the glamour and grime of the French Riviera. It chronicles one man’s attempts to love and understand the French, acts of serial romanticism, the use of the subjunctive mood as well as the quest for the ultimate sandwich. It is a year in the life of someone you’ve never heard of.

Together with Enzo Cilenti, Ben Chatfield has created an honest, original and disarmingly funny book that defies easy categorisation. The humorous diary of a year- long odyssey into both manhood and the French way of life, it’s also a savvy and refreshingly different kind of guidebook - you won’t find a top ten list of restaurants anywhere, but you will find a list of the most boring French literary classics.

“My year abroad was one of the happiest and most formative of my life and Ben Chatfield's witty and insightful book brought a lot of those memories flooding back.” Alistair Campbell, former Labour party Director of Communications and Ex-Language Assistant.

You can order your copy from Amazon, as well as all good bookshops!

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