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French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief [Kindle Edition]

Chris Dolley
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Book Description

** New York Times bestseller ** 

"Exceptionally funny and entertaining book" - Romonko

Animals behaving badly, other people's misfortunes and the most bizarre true crime story ever. French Fried is the unfortunately true account of Chris Dolley's first eight months in France and has been described as 'A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.'

Just when Chris and Shelagh think nothing more could possibly go wrong, they discover that Chris's identity has been stolen and their life savings - all the money from their house sale in England that was going to finance their new life in France - had disappeared. A bank account had been opened in Chris's name in Spain to take the proceeds.

Then they're abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insist the crime belongs in someone else's jurisdiction. The French say it's an Irish crime as that's where the money was held. The Irish say it's French as that's where all the correspondence came from. The British say it's nothing to do with them even though forged British passports were used to open the bank account in Spain. And the Spanish are on holiday - and can't even think about investigating any bank account for at least four weeks.

So Chris has to solve the crime himself. But unlike fictional detectives he has an 80 year-old mother-in-law and an excitable puppy who insist they come along if he's going anywhere interesting - like a stakeout.


"This was a fantastic read. It had me laughing so much that I nearly got relegated to the sofa! Once I had started reading this book, I could not put it down, I was even quite happy to miss my favourite TV programmes!" - Bookmarked

"When I downloaded this book this morning, I had every intention of putting it on my phone and reading it in dribs and drabs. And now I appear to have finished the book! The best thing about 'French Fried' is it's sense of humour; warm, self-deprecating, and very British. Literally laugh out loud in several places (I'm glad I'm the only one home!)." - Librarything

"Chris Dolley's humour reminds me of James Herriot at times, with my husband shushing me in the middle of the night. I could not put this book down and enjoyed it immensely. The characters, especially Nan, were life-size." - Salammi

"I can't think of anybody who wouldn't love this book! Well written, easy to read and laugh out loud funny!" - Brenda, Amazon

Product Details

  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611383986
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Book View Cafe (June 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny - all the way through August 25, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an exceptionally funny and entertaining book. It outlines one couple's move to southern France from England in about the year 1995. This particular couple not only moved themselves but an entire menagerie of animals including a lurcher puppy, 2 horses and 2 cats. The book outlines their exploits during their move as well as all the stuff that happened after they actually finally got into their home. The description of them trying to get their vehicle "tax license" as it's called in France was very funny. Then to top it all off they end up in an identity theft scam that threatens their life savings. I couldn't put the book down. It was captivating and I loved the writer's descriptions of his own and his wife's characters. This is usually not the type of book that I would read, but it was made available to me read and I'm glad that it was. I highly recommend it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally funny! August 25, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
French Fried is the zanily funny story about one man's odyssey when he decides to sell his farm in Devon, England and move to rural France with his wife, Shelagh and all their animals, two horses, three cats, including a large constipated dog named Gypsy and a horse that stubbornly refuses to go anywhere near a Horsebox. To add insult to this misadventurous chaos, Chris's identity is stolen, his bank account empty to the last penny, and Chris discovers to his dismay that somebody opens a bank account under his name in Ireland and someone cashes in on this bank account in Spain. Chris is caught in an international dilemma but the police in four countries can't help him as they each argue that the case is under each countries' jurisdiction. The French government says that it is a matter of to be dealt by English authorities as the correspondence came from England. The British authorities wash their hands of the case, even if British Passports were forged to open the account in Ireland. Another account under Chris' name is opened in Spain. This is where the money was drawn out from. The Spanish authorities are on holiday and won't contemplate to investigate the matter until they're back from holiday. Alarmed and angered, Chris decides to take matters into his own hands and becomes a sleuth himself to get to the bottom of this caper. He is no Sherlock Holmes....Chris undertakes matters in his own hands with his trusty 80 year old mother-in-law and 'excitable' puppy.

The Author writes his own account of his move to France in 1995. This is a true story. The story is told in the first person. The author, Chris is the Narrator. It was originally titled, Nous sommes Anglais. I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh in places.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Funny February 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. Dolley has a great style that is both comfortable and funny. He makes you feel like you're sitting around enjoying a glass of wine while he tells you funny stories about his life. I enjoyed it so much I read many passages out loud to my husband. Be careful if you have a beverage while reading, you might want to pause while sipping. Great storytelling. I look forward to more books by Chris Dolley.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has some good moments but a bit too scattered August 23, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
When Chris and Shelagh Dolley move from England to France, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. But their problems with their animals, plumbing, cars, and language barriers seem small when they discover someone has stolen Chris's identity - and their life savings. The case turns out to span four countries and the police in each country are of little help. Chris decides to investigate the case himself, along with the help of Shelagh, her 80 year old mother, and their puppy.

"French Fried" is an odd mixture of a book. The first part of the book is mostly humorous filled with the misadventures of moving to France. At times it is laugh out loud funny and at other times the humor is over exaggerated and forced as if Dolley is trying too hard to make readers laugh. Some of the things that happened weren't their fault and those are the funniest moments in the book. Other events that happen (mostly because of Chris Dolley's male stubbornness) aren't so funny and make you wonder about the intelligence of both Chris and Shelagh. Halfway through, the book takes a more serious turn when Chris discovers his identity has been stolen. At that point the book becomes like a mystery novel as Dolley struggles to get various police to help him and finally strikes out on his own. Readers will follow the clues as Dolley does and no doubt be surprised by the various twists the story takes. There is still some humor there, but for the most part Dolley treats it with the seriousness it deserves. This is perhaps the best part of the book - the forced humor is gone and Dolley's fears, frustration, and anger clearly come through.

"French Fried" is a bit too scattered but has some interesting moments.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious July 13, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not quite sure how I found this. I am not a big fan of humorous books but this book is funny,in fact, it is so funny that my sides actually hurt from laughing. The series of misadventures that befall this gentleman, his wife, two horses, two cats and a large puppy are so improbable that they have to be true. The author is a facile writer and obviously able to chronicle the humor that lies beneath many of our day to day aggravations. Definitely recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quite entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by annette mitchum
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny troubles.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars For all readers with french experiences
I live fairly near to the story location and therefore, I enjoyed the book because of the author's shared experiences! Interesting plot for the second half ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mme Davina Hennessey
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Francophiles
Parts of this book were absolutely hilarious. The trouble with establishing such a high standard of humor is that anything that falls short of it seems really unfunny. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. M. Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars I laughed a lot wihich is great for this type of expat misadventures...
I laughed a lot wihich is great for this type of expat misadventures book. Recommended highly tho it's mostly about identity theft made worse by having just moved to France... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Terra Hangen
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I enjoyed the book until I got to the identity theft part, then I was bored
Published 4 months ago by sylvia swanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If you enjoy animal stories and true life stories, and real life adventure, you will enjoy this book.
Published 4 months ago by Arlene Frishman
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like travel stories a la James Herriot and Gerald Durrell, you...
A very entertaining story about the author's experience in retiring to a farm in France with his wife and their ménage of critters, and the challenges of navigating an... Read more
Published 5 months ago by LDS
4.0 out of 5 stars Really funny
The story kept me riveted, and often helplessly rolling about with laughter (not something that happens often these days), although I found the ending a little too abrupt. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mari Joana Dunmall Connor
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
self absorbed poorly written
Published 5 months ago by DJMi
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More About the Author

Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author, a pioneer computer game designer and a teenage freedom fighter. That was in 1974 when Chris was tasked with publicizing Plymouth Rag Week. Some people might have arranged an interview with the local newspaper. Chris created the Free Cornish Army, invaded the country next door, and persuaded the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. As he told journalists at the time, 'It was only a small country, and I did give it back.'

In 1981, he created Randomberry Games and wrote Necromancer, one of the first 3D first person perspective D&D computer games.

In 2004, his acclaimed novel, Resonance, was the first book plucked out of Baen's electronic slushpile.

In 2012, his novelette, What Ho, Automaton! was a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award.

Now he lives in rural France with his wife and a frightening number of animals. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity when Chris's identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insisted the crime originated in someone else's jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, and got a book out of it - the International bestseller, French Fried: One Man's Move to France With Too Many Animals And An Identity Thief.

He's a director of the author-run publisher, Book View Cafe.

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