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À La Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France | [Ian Moore]

À La Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France

Ian Moore is a stand-up comedian in the UK and a husband, father of three boys, farmhand and chutney-maker in France. He is a mod in both walks of life and most of his time is spent travelling grumpily between the two. Comedian, mod and professional grump Ian Moore has had enough. Tired of being unable to park anywhere near his cramped house in a noisy town he doesn’t like, he hatches a plan to move his wife and young son to a remote corner of the Loire Valley in search of serenity and space.
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Ian Moore is a stand-up comedian in the UK and a husband, father of three boys, farmhand and chutney-maker in France. He is a mod in both walks of life and most of his time is spent travelling grumpily between the two. Comedian, mod and professional grump Ian Moore has had enough. Tired of being unable to park anywhere near his cramped house in a noisy town he doesn’t like, he hatches a plan to move his wife and young son to a remote corner of the Loire Valley in search of serenity and space.

Several years later, Ian finds himself up to his neck in bilingual offspring, feral cats, promiscuous horses, dysfunctional spaniels and needy hens; he’s wrestling with electric fences, a foreign language, a mountain of animal waste and a wife who collects livestock like there’s a biblical flood on the horizon, all while trying not to dirty his loafers.

But despite the ups, downs and increasing demands of Ian’s showbiz career, the Moore family persevere in true Brit style to create a unique, colourful and ultimately rewarding life in their new home - a la campagne and a la mod!

©2013 Ian Moore (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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"I hate mods, I hate France and I hate reading but I still loved this book." (Lee Mack, comedian)

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  • Jane Viccars
    8/11/14
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    "tale of ex pat Brit in France with a Parka & pets"
    What did you like most about À La Mod?

    Realistic overview of many problems encountered by a ex Pat moving to but not working in France. Loved the less than glamorous travel options he had to use in order to make the life economically viable. Great descriptions of the local customs and rubbish disposal options.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of À La Mod?

    This has to be the family's attempts to sell bric a brac at the French equivalent of a car boot sale - only to end up taking more home than they brought.


    What about Ian Moore’s performance did you like?

    Reading his own story, Ian Moore brings just the right balance of emotion and dry wry humour to the book


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Merde pets & Parkas


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    2/20/14
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    "I loved it!"
    Where does À La Mod rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great audiobook. Its 'feelgood', light, funny and endearing. I very quickly felt like I knew all of the family. Even half way in, I knew I would listen to this book again. Ideal relaxation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of À La Mod?

    Dealing with French officialdom!


    Which character – as performed by Ian Moore – was your favourite?

    Himself!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nik
    Turriff, United Kingdom
    1/1/14
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    "À La Mod, a brilliant listen"
    Where does À La Mod rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    We chose it to listen to as a family in the car and we have all absolutely loved it.


    What other book might you compare À La Mod to, and why?

    It reminds me of the equally good 'Road to Rouen' by Ben Hatch


    What does Ian Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His tone of voice beautifully illustrates his circumstances and his warmth when reading about his family is delightful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We gave it a fair shot. As soon as we got in the car for the next leg of our journey the cry went up, 'put the book on!'


    Any additional comments?

    We were able to relate to the book, being amateur rural dwellers ourselves. It's a lovely book about the life and it's challenges that made us giggle and guffaw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila V.
    Wollongong, Australia
    7/6/13
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    "An Easy Listen"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, I rated this book as interestring, but, so many better books out there that I would recommend.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    If the author was more descriptive of the obviously wonderful area of France in which he lived. It felt like the author just scraped the surface.


    What three words best describe Ian Moore’s performance?

    Good


    Could you see À La Mod being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No, not really, not this book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    London, United Kingdom
    3/4/14
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    "What a winger and why live in France"
    What would have made À La Mod better?

    To appreciate living in France and not keep playing down the French


    Has À La Mod put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ian Moore?

    Some one who really wants to live in France


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from À La Mod?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    Why did he write this book.?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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