One Summer in France
The summer of 1979 was the best summer ever! Pretty, blond and dangerously impetuous, Bev and Carol head for the sun, lucky beneficiaries of a generous university grant.
They are full of enthusiasm and the dazzling spirit of adventure that only seems possible when we are young. Essential swimwear is selected and Lipton’s vegetable oil is perfumed with patchouli for the perfect tan.
They end up in Argelès-sur-Mer, on a campsite close to the coast and not far from the border with Spain. Every day brings new challenges: how to hold a meaningful conversation on a naturist beach, what to do about a precocious teenage stalker, how to transport a gallon of port on a moped… all of which they meet head-on, with dubious philosophy and irrepressible optimism.
One Summer in France is a humorous tale based on a three-month study break the author took as part of her languages degree course at Keele University in 1979.
‘Would you do it all again?’ asked Carol.
‘Like a shot!’ I said.
And I would.
‘Bunny on a Bike’ (memoir of a Playboy croupier) is the sequel to ‘One Summer in France’ and is available both in paperback and as an ebook. The author has also written three books under the name of B. A. Spicer: ‘My Grandfather’s Eyes’ (psychological drama), ‘A Good Day for Jumping’ (mystery/suspense) and a new thriller which will be available in December (title not finalised).
Published: 10 August 2013
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