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French Fried: It's out!

About An English author living in exile

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Here it is - the book formally known as Nous Sommes Anglais. It's up at Book View Cafe, Amazon and Smashwords for the bargain price of $3.99. It'll be up at B&N, Apple's iBookstore, Kobo, and Sony soon.  

Here's the blurb:  

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.

Available (DRM-free) in the following formats: PDF, ePub, Kindle, lit, lrf, and prc.

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Date:July 2nd, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations, Chris. I always enjoyed reading your very funny exploits and misadventures.
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Date:July 3rd, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
well done.

no kindle or such-like yet, but am thinking of asking for one for Christmas..... then, it's Amazon, here I come
Date:August 5th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun writing this article.
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Date:August 18th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)

Lovely Website!

Hello, Chris!
Just wanted to say you have a lovely Blog! I'm still reading your French Fried. It's hilarious! Will review it soon...promise!
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Date:August 18th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Lovely Website!

Hi Mary, thanks, I'll look forward to it!
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Date:January 23rd, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
I received French Fried through the ER program on LibraryThing, and loved it to bits. Is there anyway to get hold of a deadtree copy for friends and family less tech savvy?
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Date:January 24th, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it! There's no deadtree version of French Fried yet. Book View Cafe have been approached by a couple of print publishers regarding print publication and we're looking into it, but it's problematic. Selling ebooks worldwide is pretty easy and we can keep our prices very low. But the moment you start selling physical books, you're hit by postage and printing costs. We'd want to sell paperback books at paperback prices - which is difficult when your customers are all over the world and your print runs are small.
Date:February 10th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)


You shouldn't laugh at the misfortunes of others I know, but I nearly got thrown out of the doctor's surgery last night for laughing so much as I was reading French Fried on my brand new Kindle! And I can so sympathise - we're expats too and have had our share of mayhem and bureaucracy and armed policemen.
Wonderful book, brilliantly written - please write more!
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Date:February 10th, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)

Re: Brilliant!

Thank you, Stephanie! I'm 28,000 words into my latest project at the moment - a steampunk version of Jeeves and Wooster, set a generation earlier in an alternative 1903 with an augmented Queen Victoria still on the throne.

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