Four Fabulous books by one of our local authors Catherine Finch
These 4 fabulous books are NOW IN STOCK
Walking Apart, Walking Alone, Holding On, Letting Go and Moving Pictures are available for 10,00 euros each / 7,50 - Moving Pictures (plus P & P or free collection)
Walking Alone and Walking Apart – two novels about David and Helen Richards, both on the verge of retirement.
The prospect of leaving work to pursue your dreams should be an exciting and invigorating time of life. David and Helen are financially secure, in good health and have seen both of their girls fly the nest. David is full of plans, Helen a little more hesitant to let go of the career that defines her. As she becomes more involved in her job, he feels increasingly pushed away and looks for activities to fill his days. David is leader of the local walking group in Lancashire and plans hikes and walks. He meets Karen, a divorcee who has joined to make new friends. Even long marriages can face challenges and as the story unfolds, it emerges that this one is no exception.
In Walking Apart, the first novel in the two-part series, the setting moves from Lancashire and the Lake District to Melbourne in Australia, where a family crisis forces the couple to face their differences.
Walking Alone continues the narrative. David finds that being economical with the truth comes back to bite him. Helen seeks some space, so he sets off to walk the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain - alone. It takes his younger daughter, with her irrepressible enthusiasm and desire to get her parents back together to bring things to a conclusion.
Both books in this series, which may not yet be over, have sumptuous settings, believable characters and a depth that takes the reader beyond what is merely an engaging story.
For readers who love a setting in France, Holding On Letting Go follows the experience of two brothers, one settled with his young family and trying to make a living in the Tarn et Garonne, the other visiting with a friend. During a hot summer holiday, relationships are strengthened and decisions about the future are made. There are things to hold on to and others to let go.
Holding On Letting Go will take you to the villages of St Antonin Noble Val, Penne, Najac and Cordes sur Ciel. It is a book which raises issues and leaves you pondering long after closing the final page. It's a super gift for friends and relations who have visited or intend to visit this area of France, or who just love the French atmosphere of small villages and towns. What a great present for someone who cannot travel this year!
Catherine also recently published a book of short stories called, Moving Pictures. Some of the stories are prize-winners, others reflect her love of the Lake District and the final story is based on a childhood memory at the time of the moon landings.
About the Author
Catherine Finch lives in Castanet, which is a tiny village on the Tarn et Garonne/Aveyron border. She started writing novels when she retired from her role as a primary school headteacher to move to France in 2013. So far, she has published three novels and a book of short stories. As a keen walker, she completed the Camino de Santiago in 2019 with a friend. They started in Castanet and tackled the long trek during a number of holidays over four years.
'Setting out to walk the Camino was daunting,' Catherine says. 'Yet as we found our rhythm, we settled in to arranging two holidays a year, usually in spring and autumn. Driving to the starting points became more of a challenge the further away from home we got, but we never saw this as a setback. I met amazing people from all corners of the world, slept in huge mixed dormitories, marvelled at some stunning scenery and carried all my own belongings. It was a challenging and unforgettable experience and I am grateful for sturdy legs, tough feet and a stalwart companion.'
You can find out more about Catherine by visiting her website: www.chaffinchbooks.co.uk
(Should you decide to buy Catherine's books via her web site we would be grateful if you could mention Aveyron Cartes et Livres Anglais - there is a section at checkout for comments)
Introducing our first fabulous 'Hot off the Press' author and book ... 'Globetrotter ... Meridien Travels the World' by Claire Wilby
NOW IN STOCK - see 'NEW Children's Books in English' in Cards and New Books section
Globetrotter - Meridien Travels the World by Claire Wilby & illustrations by Antony Wootten. Globetrotter Publishing, 9,00 euros (plus P & P)
Globetrotter - Meridien Travels the World is the story of a globetrotting horse. It is a story about friendship, travel and cultural insights - and of course, a fabulous horse!
Based on the travels of a real horse, the book takes you on a journey with Meridien to foreign lands. You will meet the friends he makes along the way and share in his experiences of different cultures.
book has been written with 8-12 year old children in mind. However,
younger children will enjoy having it read to them and anyone is
welcome to pick up a copy and join the journey. Plus, everyone can
enjoy the fabulous illustrations by Antony Wootten.
lucky readers who have already had a sneak preview have the following
to say about the book:
“Really enjoyed reading this fabulous book – every adult and child will enjoy sharing in Meridien’s adventures.”
“Told with love and pride by his travelling companion, these are the real adventures of Meridien, surely the coolest character in the horse world; from puddles to palaces he overcomes every challenge on his epic journey.”
“A most enjoyable read for children and adults to read alone or
together, as they journey with Meridien to interesting and
contrasting destinations. The story is filled with amusing and
adventurous episodes and will stimulate the reader to explore and
investigate new countries and cultures further.”
Wilby, who now lives in France, Meridien’s country of birth, has
had a great love of both horses and of travel since she was a child.
theme of her tenth birthday party was a trip around the world. Her
parents recreated the inside of a plane in their house - with a
makeshift cockpit of cardboard boxes and Christmas lights. From their
transformed sitting room, Claire and her friends were transported to
all the continents of the world, stopping to take in the sights of
many different countries. It was an incredible experience that her
friends still remember today. It certainly made a mark on Claire,
spurring on her enthusiasm to see the world.
her career as a lawyer, she has been lucky to be able to combine her
love of horses and travel. She has always wanted to share her
globetrotting experiences in the hope of inspiring others, especially
children, to want to explore the world and go off on their own globe
trot - with or without a horse!
Email: [email protected]
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