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Sell the Pig (Sell the Pig series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tottie Limejuice
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What happens when dementia, depressed dipsomania and downright dottiness decide to uproot from the UK and move to France together.

Worried by the lack of care for her frail elderly mother in the UK, Tottie decides a new life elsewhere might be the answer. Sell the Pig is a travel tale with a twist, describing with alternating humour and poignancy how a somewhat dysfunctional family decide to uproot and move to rural France. Eccentric Tottie, her manic depressive alcoholic brother, their mother, whose dementia has given her an obsession with bums, and an equally elderly border collie, decide France's Auvergne is to be their new home. This is the story of what led them to make that journey.

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About the Author

Tottie Limejuice is the pen-name of Lesley Tither, a freelance copywriter and copy editor who lives in the Auvergne region of Central France. Passionate about wildlife and the countryside, she enjoys walks and camping with her dogs, and organic gardening. Now firmly settled into rural French living, she has now applied for dual British/French citizenship.

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  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007AU6NZY
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sell the Pig by Tottie Limejuice March 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
First, I feel I must declare an interest, I knew the real Tottie, we shared a fraction of our childhood together via a love of horses and the Offerton School of Riding, We weren't close, she was older than me (still is) and treated me (though not unkindly) as a different species in the way that teenage girls do to 11 year old boys. She taught me to ride, she led me on my first ride out and on the first "Day Ride" to Raworth. We even truented ourselves from our different schools and took two horses down to the blacksmiths in Stockport together.
She left the riding school behind as one must when one enters further education and though I was there for several more years we never met again until we bumped into each other on friends reunited a few years back and since then on twitter where she still treats me like an 11 year old boy.

I read her book (although she didn't give me a copy so I had to buy it like everyone else) the first part was about her upbringing in Offerton some of which I knew some was revealed (we were both in the 1st Offerton Scout group, her as a brownie and me as a cub)
It was terrifically moving as I know all the places and some of the faces, so it took me back further than I am usually comfortable with, and whilst I was aware of her leaving for France I never asked why, I think I assumed her Mother was already there
The book is easy to read (I read it in one sitting and even then as a slow reader I was up till 4am) Like so many true life stories It's an emotional roller coaster but expressed dispassionately as only a journalist can, which in turn leaves the reader to experience their own emotions without being led by the nose.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Tottie! March 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What a fantastic first foray into book writing!

A truly honest, open and witty account of a family's unconventional change of life direction!

I flew through reading this book and have been left wanting so much more, has really wet my appetite.
Can't wait for the next instalment!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone as it's appeal is much broader than the usual "Travel writing" category it sits.

5 Star Highly Recommended Read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story by a very likable writer February 14, 2014
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I was interested in this book, waited until it went on sale for 99 cents and was so caught up in the story that I bought the second in the series for full price. As a care-giver for many years, I empathize with her desire to give her elderly mother the best possible quality of life. That she did so until her mother's death speaks well for her. I'm not saying that involving her drunken, crazy brother in the deal was the best idea I ever heard of, but apparently his financial contribution was necessary to make it happen, so I guess she didn't have much choice. It certainly made me appreciate my family's wonderful support while I was caring for our mother. Hard to imagine anyone who likes to read not enjoying this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "just another chapter, just one more...." type of read September 30, 2013
By Polly
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If you have ever had a book that you just don't want to put down then the title makes sense to you. You don't have to be British or a Francophile or even a member of a dysfunctional family (though it might not hurt) to appreciate this funny, sensitive, troubling beautifully written story about a family's decision to uproot home and hearth and move from the UK to France.

Beware though this is not just a story of a family of ex-pats changing one known way of life for the un-known. It is rather an in-depth look at the struggle to improve life for three very different adults and an amazing old dog.

Lucky for me I know the sequel is already written and waiting for me so I won't have to agonize waiting to find out how they adjust to the changes.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars True story August 17, 2012
By Emma
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The author states at the beginning that it's the story of why they moved to France not what they did once they were there. So it's not another Provence novel at all. It's written in a strange "stream of consciousness" style, which is a bit perplexing at time and reads more like a chat with the author than a well thought out novel/bio. It's interesting and many people will empathize with her stories of care homes and alcoholism (not together!). Just feels more like an elongated article than a full length book - the author is a journalist, so perhaps this is why. I read it for free on kindle tho', so not complaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sell the Pig ..great title for a great read. February 20, 2012
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Loved it!Not your usual "moving to France" story as befits a not very usual family.Great characters,
wonderful descriptions of a beautiful region & a good storyline. Looking forward to the next episode!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read September 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I greatly enjoyed this book. I'm not usually one for reading "travel" books or even many biographies, but this was recommended by a friend as I met the author many decades ago. I laughed out loud at many parts, but could painfully relate to the description of treatment meted out by UK "carers" and homes to their elderly inmates. Despite this, the tone of the book is light-hearted and optimistic and I would very much look forward to reading a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sad, dotty July 12, 2014
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This was a story that took me along, every step of the way. It is true and I had to remind myself that this wasn't a work of fiction, I found it moving, sad, dotty, hilarious and thought provoking. It was written well and takes the reader along the journey with Tottie. I liked it so much I bought two copies for friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth the read
Hilarious, heart wrenching in bits, meaningful and entertaining. Just bought the other two in the series to read! Do try it. You won't be sorry.
Published 7 days ago by Mario (
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh memoir
Tottie Limejuice gives us a real life look at aging parents. She has a good sense of humor and is realistic without being sad. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melinda
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read but Not What I Expected
I enjoy the author's writing a great deal but I must have misunderstood the premise of this book. It was all about "getting" to France but not about "living" there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming tale of irrisistable force conquering immovable objects
In search of improved care and quality of life for both her ageing mother and her dog, Tottie Limejuice decides to pick up sticks and move to the remote Auvergne region of France. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jazzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read.
Tootie honestly opens up her life to us in this book as she prepares to leave her home country and start anew in France. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nancy Gomoll
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious and sometimes sad
A very unique family. The way the author dealt with her alcoholic brother and aging,ill mother was admirable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marjorie Zbojniewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Light entertaining reading. She has such a wonderful way of describing situations as they are with much humor thrown in.
Published 4 months ago by dollady
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I thoroughly enjoyed Sell the Pig. Tottie is a gifted storyteller and an extremely talented writer, and her descriptions of her slightly 'unconventional' family are so well... Read more
Published 5 months ago by George Mahood
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I wasn't sure what this book was about by the title. I was thinking it was a story of a pig...then after starting this book I simply couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary Chalupsky
5.0 out of 5 stars A House Hunter International for Seniors searching in France
This was almost a travel log or House Hunters International , where they critique several houses while they are searching for a home for the mother to live with them in France. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dawne
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More About the Author

Tottie Limejuice is the pen-name of freelance copywriter and copy editor Lesley Tither, who lives in the Auvergne region of central France.

"Sell the Pig" is the first in a series of books describing how Lesley, a former journalist living in the UK, decided to make the move to France to start a new life, taking with her an 89-year-old mother suffering from vascular dementia.

The story continues in two further books, 'Is That Billinge Lump?' and 'Mother, Was It Worth It?'

Lesley's interests centre around nature and wildlife and encompass dogs, wild camping and organic gardening.

Want to chat with Tottie Limejuice? You'll find a Tottie Limejuice Chat Group on Facebook, with lots of photos of the Auvergne.

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