In 2010, La Famille Jones moved to South West France, returning to the UK in 2017 to allow their daughter to take a place at a specialist dance school. Dan wrote a humorous book which tells a story of life, animal husbandary, integration, music-making and friendships forged in his very popular book Extracting Goats from Jean-Claude’s Kitchen. It is available at Amazon in paperback or electronic form here.
Musician DAN JONES abandons a stable career in South Wales for family life in a sleepy French village. He battles technophobe fonctionnaires and The Speedo Police, yet shares his love of an environment where Health and Safety regulations support the school tradition of dangling fireworks into naked flames and where children are revered almost as much as red wine and offal. Having inadvertently acquired a petting zoo, he is driven to near-insanity by a goat and a rabbit. Dan exposes the macabre firefighters’ calendar, his village’s animatronic nativity scene and the glorious incompetence of The Hunt. Elderly neighbours teach la Famille Jones the wisdom of lunar gardening and septic tank management and Dan embraces the country practice of non-fatal mushroom gathering (as demonstrated by an eleven-year-old boy). En route, he learns when to kiss friends of all genders without attracting violent reproach, uncovers the hazards of wandering accent syndrome and reveals the folly of pretending to be French at boozy château weddings. Dan experiences the surreal world of European concert life and highlights how flippantly proposing to play at a French funeral can backfire. Extracting Goats… is the insider guide to a successful integration.
This is a fabulous book – very funny and uplifting… ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It’s very rare that I have laughed out loud reading a book and I did on a number of occasions ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
it is first class – the best book of it`s kind! Merci!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Extracting Goats from Jean-Claude’s Kitchen is approaching 30 five star ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews at Amazon!