Out now! A House at the End of the Track: Among the English in the Ariège Pyrenees

My debut travel narrative is out NOW!

Available from Troubador Books  as well as, of course, Amazon and the usual online bookstores – and also currently at a discount via Amazon Marketplace. Or support your local bookstore with an order: ISBN-13: 978-1789016901.

The ebook is now available on Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and Google Play – all links are here via the publisher.

Unusually, and perhaps uniquely, this exploration of the English community in southern France casts aside the romantic Francophile lens and looks beyond the stereotypes . . .

The Bookseller

Not just another rosy/tinted view . . . A book that has a lot of merit, and if you have considered moving to another country this book will give you some food for thought.

Matador reviewer


… a thoughtful and interesting treatise on ‘living the dream’ and of identity …what does it mean to be a Brit?

Amazon reviewer

This gritty and realistic travel narrative is a real gem of a read and an absolutely essential piece of equipment for anybody who is thinking of moving abroad, not just to France but to anywhere.

Literature Love

I do recommend one reads this book, especially if you are thinking of moving to France, or any other country come to that.

Amazon reviewer

Not your typical “I moved to France and my life is wonderful” book. The author interviews English people who have picked up stakes and moved to France. Particularly, to the Pyrenees. She finds out why they left the U.K., what they hoped for, and what the reality of life in France is. I found it interesting, and added much knowledge to my wife’s and mine plans to relocate to France/Italy ourselves.

Matador reviewer

A House at the End of the Track is a long way from the usual ‘we moved to France’ accounts. It’s a travel narrative that captures the stories of a diverse bunch of English incomers who had chosen to settle in the Ariège Pyrenees.

Readers will feel a mix of admiration, envy and sympathy, and perhaps even irritation with the incomers, as they sometimes contradict themselves in order to avoid the well-worn stereotype of the English abroad. The book is also a gentle reminder that such stereotypes present an unbalanced picture, and that if incomers do stick to some of their old ways, the reasons why might be understandable. 

But A House at the End of the Track is not simply about the English incomers. The wild and depopulated Ariège landscape is also woven into the stories that I heard whilst travelling around this little-known corner of the Pyrenees. Stories open up comment on local issues relating to conservation and re-wilding, as well as the continuing shadow of wartime events. Intrigued? Read a few quotes from the book below:

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