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François Théodore Thistlethwaite's FRENGLISH THOUGHTS Paperback – January 13, 2013
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Born in Hampshire (the old one not the new), but proudly claiming Yorkshire stock, Barry's love affair with France started at the tender age of eleven when he began learning the language at secondary school. A few years later it was still passionate enough for him to go on to study French language and literature at Reading University where he graduated longer ago than he'd now like to admit. He then worked as a commercial manager for a brewery, but soon realizing that selling beer wasn't his cup of tea, he went back to the same university to obtain a teaching diploma. After teaching French for two years in Bradford, he successfully applied to go on an official teacher exchange to France where he taught English for a year in a lycée. And he never came back! Setting up his own English-language teaching, translation and interpreting business, the next forty years gave Barry the opportunity to observe and experience many of those things which go to cause the only similarity between French and English to be the colours of their flags. Unlike the multiple-identity character he has created, however, Barry only occasionally hears voices, and lives a relatively sane life of retired meditation with his French companion, Renée, in the Jura region of France. Hobbies, interests and pastimes are nothing more disquieting than golf, gardening, foreign travel, the 19th century English and American novel, French cooking, a glass or two of good wine ... and, of course, creative writing.
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