Charlie & Me in Val-Paradis

Charlie Me in Val Paradis With a poodle clutched in one arm and notes for an epic historical novel under the other Maureen Cashman escapes the bushfires of Canberra for a valley of paradise in the south west of France Explore

  • Title: Charlie & Me in Val-Paradis
  • Author: Maureen Cashman
  • ISBN: 9780731813674
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • With a poodle clutched in one arm and notes for an epic historical novel under the other, Maureen Cashman escapes the bushfires of Canberra for a valley of paradise in the south west of France Explore the French countryside, meet new friends and share some time with a charming, unpredictable poodle in Maureen Cashmans delightful, insightful and gently humorous tale of lifWith a poodle clutched in one arm and notes for an epic historical novel under the other, Maureen Cashman escapes the bushfires of Canberra for a valley of paradise in the south west of France Explore the French countryside, meet new friends and share some time with a charming, unpredictable poodle in Maureen Cashmans delightful, insightful and gently humorous tale of life in paradise.

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    1. "'Charlie and Me in Val-Paradis' was given to me by my friend Annette with an invitation to join a local book club meeting on the 3rd Thursday afternoon of each month. Initially I was surprised to see it was catalogued as non fiction even when commencing to read I wonder why this is so. It is a travel story set in France when Maureen and her poodle travel from Canberra to write an Australian book called Blue and Brown. Maureen has written such gorgeous descriptions of sciences, settings, people' [...]

    2. 'Charlie and Me in Val-Paradis' has much to offer readers, and it's a shame the book is not more widely known. It is much more than a travel story, though it has the lightness of touch and taste for the picaresque of the best of the travel genre. It's about the love between a woman and a dog, the Charlie of the title, and this woman's love for the French countryside and French village life. Maureen Cashman explores, at the same time as she opens her heart to the people who live in Espagnac (also [...]

    3. As she outlines in this book, Maureen moved to a French village (Val-Paradis) in her retirement with the idea of writing a novel and instead wrote a biographical account of her time there. Charlie is Maureen's much-loved poodle and I must say that I found it disturbing to know what the dog had to endure to go to France and especially to return (because of Australia's strict quarantine laws). France is a very dog-friendly place and Charlie is the catalyst for his owner becoming known and accepted [...]

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