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  • Food, Faux Pas and Franglish: One Family's Riotous Year in the South of France
  • By: Rachael Mogan McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Rachael Mogan McIntosh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Pardon My French

By: Rachael Mogan McIntosh
Narrated by: Rachael Mogan McIntosh
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At the school gate, when she accidentally kissed one new friend on the nose and called another a "beautiful man-horse", Rachael realized that small-town France could hardly be more different to beach-side Australia. The smell of cigarettes replaced the tang of bone-broth and sprouted sourdough, the neighbors sometimes came to blows and under no circumstances would anyone wear active wear in public. Ever.

Muddling through every interaction in terrible French pushed Rachael's family to their limits. Some days, everybody cried and ate their feelings with almond croissants. But the town of Sommières embraced these ragtag Australians, and the family fell in love with their temporary hometown and its outrageous gossip, cobblestoned beauty and kind, eccentric inhabitants.

Pardon My French is a candid, hilarious love letter to family life and France with three valuable lessons for overcoming adversity: make home a beautiful nest, lean into the tough lessons and look for the comedy in everything.

'Uproarious and deliciously wise… A pure delight.' TORI HASCHKA, A Recipe for Family

©2023 Rachael Mogan McIntosh (P)2023 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Learn French already, or stop complaining!

An interesting premise, however she goes on and on about her poor French, and I don't understand why she didn't start learning prior to moving to France, or make a better effort once there! Either learn the language or just deal with the situation you put yourself in! A tedious listen for me, it took me ages to get through because it was nowhere near as good as the blurb suggested it to be. Yeah, nah.

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Absolutely fantastic! So inspiring!

What an amazing story, absolutely loved listening to it. Thank you for showing us that it can be done.

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Pardon my French

A remarkable story which was entertaining and enjoyable to the last word. Would recommend to anyone to read especially if you’re considering a sojourn in France.

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Too long, lacking substance

This should have been a really interesting story, and I was invested in the adventure but it was twice as long as it needed to be. Lots of overromanticised descriptions. I found the author/reader’s tone quite monotonous and annoying by the end.

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Same same

Swapping south coast school pick ups for south of France school pick up tales hmmm, I just lost interest after a while.

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An easy listen

A nice lighthearted story. It unexpectedly made me think about my life, my home and my parenting style while regularly asking my husband if we should move to France for a year. Whizzed through it super quickly and felt good after a listen. I also appreciated my strong Australian late more than ever (having tried French espresso on more than one occasion).

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C’est merveilleux

A friend recommended this book and I have loved every minute of it. The characters, the travails, the adventures, the insights, and the raw honesty. Thank you for sharing your grand family adventure with us.

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Amazing story teller

I couldn’t imagine anyone but the author reading this book….this story is amazing, heart warming and inspiring.

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C’est Genial

Fabulous and inspiring, honest and gritty and guffaw inducing! Especially loved listening to the author’s, Rachael, own voice. Really peppered the already flavoursome tales with more vibrancy and integrity. Would recommend any dreamer/Gen-Amelie/Francophile who (like me) has dreamed of skipping off to live in the South of France. C’est magnifique!

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Loved this story

Well written, witty and just a fun read! As a Australian mother of 3 this story is so relatable. Can’t wait to read her next book

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