FEW people leave the UK to buy a home in France on their own.
But Daily Telegraph columnist Michael Wright did just that when he left the easy life of London behind to ‘toughen-up’ in Limousin.
And in his book C’est La Folie, Michael charts his progress from theatre critic to rugged paysan, as he shepherds his sheep, chats with his chickens and tackles the renovation of his dilapidated home.
From his first days in France he has to take the initiative to ensure he becomes part of the local community, even if this means taking a beating in a local tennis tournament and drowning out the congregation with the church organ.
The journalistic skills of Michael Wright come to the fore with his fun descriptions and passages of dialogue – his trip to the pharmacy to track down medication for one of his chickens is very funny.
But underlying the whole book is Michael’s transition from the unfulfilling life he was leading in London, where his work was becoming repetitive and his familiar questions were being answered with the same sentences.
So instead of just putting up with things he decided to change direction and sell up, with just his cat for company and a blank page ahead of him.
And it is that fresh start that Michael Wright has embraced, both with his writing and his life in France, and is something that those who have made the move should grasp as well.
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