The Good Life (an expat trap) by Val Wake is an honest and open account of the experience of moving to France as an expat, from Australia. In their eighties, Val and his wife, Lil, decided to move to France as one last adventure. They took their daughter and her family with them and bought a property at Lodeve in the south of the country.
While Lil spoke French, Val didn't. However, Lil had been recently diagnosed with Parkinson's and her speech was impaired. Nonetheless the Wakes soldiered on and in the process quickly came to terms with the trials and tribulations of establishing themselves in their new lifestyle.
The Good Life is mostly a story about expats from various backgrounds and how they settle, successfully or otherwise, in France. It also takes a look at modern France and deals with some of the misunderstandings that arise between the Francophone and Anglophone worlds.
ISBN : 978-1-80074-022-8
Pages : 243
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
Val Wake started his working life in journalism as a copyboy, on the Sydney Daily Telegraph in Australia. At nineteen he left for the UK and spent a summer as a film extra in London. He met and married his Canadian born wife, Lillian Lequereux and moved to Canada. In Canada and Australia, Val Wake worked as a newspaper and television reporter and editor. In the early seventies, the Wakes returned to the UK where Val Wake joined the Central Office of Information, the government's ‘media factory'.
Author's website: www.valwaketheauthor.com