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    DescriptionIf you had to pick two things you wanted - if you had to - what would you pick? I hesitated. This was a bigger question than usually got asked at these post-match debriefs. 'I suppose the honest answer would be,' I said, still accessing the last pieces of required data from a jumbled mind, 'meeting my soul mate, and finding an idyllic house abroad somewhere...' Inspired by breathtaking views and romantically dreaming of finding love in the mountains, Tony Hawks impulsively buys an idyllic house in the French Pyrenees. And here, he imagines, he will finally fulfil his childhood fantasy of mastering the piano, all the while overlooking spectacular views as the troubles of the world pass by unnoticed. Tony's hopelessly ill-prepared stumbling into the world of overseas home ownership is perhaps best read as a useful manual of how not to go about buying a house abroad. He flirts with the removal business in a disastrous attempt to take his piano over to France in a dodgy white van; foolishly elects to build a swimming pool himself; and takes his experience of relationships to a new level when he finds himself co-habiting, not with a beautiful French woman, but with his old mate Ron the builder from West London. Yet, as Tony and his small group of friends haplessly attempt to integrate themselves into local village life, they learn more about themselves and each other than they ever bargained for. And for at least one of them, love is found at last, in the most unexpected of places...


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    Title
    A Piano in the Pyrenees
    Subtitle
    The Ups and Downs of an Englishman in the French Mountains
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tony Hawks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 345 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091902674
    ISBN 10: 0091902673
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    DC22: 914.4730484
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    04 May 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Tony Hawks lives in London. He leads a diverse life and has various 'jobs', such as performing stand up comedy, appearing as a panellist on TV and radio (Have I Got News For You, Just A Minute, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue), acting, writing, playing tennis, and making music.
    Review quote
    "* 'Not just brilliantly written, but far too hilarious to read alone in a public place' - Independent on Sunday 'So entertainingly told you'll wish you were in the pub with him' - The Times * 'I expected to find this book funny, which it is; I didn't expect to find it illuminating and rather moving - which it is, too' - Daily Mail 'Wonderfully funny' - The Times * 'A wonderfully shaggy dog story - all the more wonderful for it actually having happened... funny and engaging' - Daily Telegraph 'Extremely entertaining' - Observer"