Instructions for Visitors: Life and Love in a French Town

3.07 avg rating
( 70 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780552999281: Instructions for Visitors: Life and Love in a French Town

The beguiling, funny and frank story of a young Englishwoma; If you are lucky enough to find your place, you should never actually live in it, never make it your home. And never live with the man you think you cannot live without. Le Village is a small town at the southwestern-most tip of France. Here a young Englishwoman fell in love with France, the French and one Frenchman in particular. In her seductive, lyrical and witty memoir Helen Stevenson writes about life in Le Village, not as an expat, but as someone adopted by her neighbours as one of their own. By Stefan, the Maoist tennis fanatic, who lives off his lover in solidarity with the unemployed; by Gigi, the chic Parisian who dresses her ex-lovers' girlfriends from the stock of her exquisite boutique; and by Luc, the crumpled cowboy painter and part-time dentist, who, overcoming an aversion to blondes, takes the Englishwoman up to his remote mas, shows her his paintings and teaches her to ride. Describing the colour and light of the landscape with lyrical intensity, and savouring the languid and sexy flavour of the Mediterranean lifestyle, Helen Stevenson lays bare a romantic but potentially disastrous love affair with the man 'who seems like the only man alive to me, the one with the halo round his head in a crowd, if I should ever see him in a crowd'. Instructions For Visitors may start as an objective guide for tenants arriving at her village house, but it ends as a very personal revelation of how difficult it can be to transplant oneself into someone else's country, someone else's culture, someone else's heart.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Helen Stevenson grew up in South Yorkshire and studied modern languages at Somerville College, Oxford. She is the author of three novels, Pierrot Lunaire, Windfall and Mad Elaine, and has worked as a translator for Faber & Faber and Serpent's Tail. Since taking up full-time writing, she regularly reviews for the Independent. She now lives in London.

About the Author:

Helen Stevenson grew up in South Yorkshire and studied modern languages at Somerville College, Oxford. She is a translator and the author of three novels, Pierrot Lunaire, Windfall and Mad Elaine. Since taking up full-time writing, she regularly reviews for the Independent. She now lives in London.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Helen Stevenson
Published by Black Swan (2002)
ISBN 10: 0552999288 ISBN 13: 9780552999281
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Orchard Bookshop
(Hayes, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Black Swan, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Creasing to cover, Creasing to spine. Edges rubbed and tanned. " Shipped from the UK " Cover image may vary. Please check SHIPPING costs before ordering. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000379121

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 1.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.40
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Helen Stevenson
Published by Black Swan (2002)
ISBN 10: 0552999288 ISBN 13: 9780552999281
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Reuseabook
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Black Swan, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1141321

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 1.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.18
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Helen Stevenson
Published by Black Swan (2002)
ISBN 10: 0552999288 ISBN 13: 9780552999281
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Reuseabook
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Black Swan, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1428162

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 1.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.18
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Helen Stevenson
Published by Black Swan (2002)
ISBN 10: 0552999288 ISBN 13: 9780552999281
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Reuseabook
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Black Swan, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1141322

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 1.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.18
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Helen Stevenson
Published by Black Swan
ISBN 10: 0552999288 ISBN 13: 9780552999281
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Free State Books
(Halethorpe, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Black Swan. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. This copy shows very minor wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0552999288I4N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Helen Stevenson
Published by Black Swan
ISBN 10: 0552999288 ISBN 13: 9780552999281
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Second City Books
(Aurora, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Black Swan. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0552999288I5N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Helen Stevenson
Published by Black Swan (2002)
ISBN 10: 0552999288 ISBN 13: 9780552999281
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Black Swan, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Acceptable. USED BUT OTHERWISE OF ACCEPTABLE QUALITY ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001651493

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.18
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Helen Stevenson
Published by Black Swan (2001)
ISBN 10: 0552999288 ISBN 13: 9780552999281
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Black Swan, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. USED BUT OTHERWISE OF GOOD QUALITY ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0002402899

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.18
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Helen Stevenson
Published by Black Swan (2002)
ISBN 10: 0552999288 ISBN 13: 9780552999281
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Black Swan, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. USED BUT OTHERWISE OF GOOD QUALITY ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0002031195

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.18
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Helen Stevenson
Published by Black Swan (2002)
ISBN 10: 0552999288 ISBN 13: 9780552999281
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ceredigion Book Shop
(Nr Lampeter, CERED, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Black Swan, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Very Good condition with no significant faults. Clearly used but very few minor defects. Will look good on your book case after reading but may not be suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere SECURE DAILY POSTING FROM UK. 30 DAY GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0002103385

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 1.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.72
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book