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A House In The Sunflowers

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Author Ruth Silvestre
Rights World
ISBN 9780749015985
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A reissue of a much-loved A&B classic. A delightful read for anyone who dreams of another life abroad…

This is the story of a dream come true. In 1976, in the Lot-et-Garonne region of south-west France, Ruth Silvestre and her family found Bel-Air de Grezelongue, a house that had been left, deserted and uninhabited for ten years. They fell in love with it.

A House in the Sunflowers tells of their affair with the house, from the search and initial frustrations, their euphoria when they finally bought it and the challenges of renovation and gradual assimilation into the local community. It provides rare glimpses of French family life in the region that is considered the gastronomic centre of France, complete with mouth-watering descriptions of meals in the sun and fascinating insights into the history and customs of this area.

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  1. Julie Knowles, Lancaster

    Feel the sun drench your skin and be enraptured by this wonderful account of life at Bel-Air de Grezelongue ' a house in a corner of France between the Lot and Garonne rivers. Ruth Silvestre captures the true spirit of French life in a book you will be sad to finish!

  2. Eileen Walsh

    These three books (A House in the Sunflowers, Reflections of Sunflowers, A Harvest of Sunflowers) are the most authentic stories of someone willing to be absorbed into French rural life. Our experiences are almost the same,although some things are changing, many of the old characters passing away. We have had a wonderful 22yr. experience, the only regret being that we cannot anticipate another 20 yrs. Thank-you to our thoughtful & adorable French friends & neighbours. Vive la (rurale) France.

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