A unique memoir.
About the book: It seemed like a good idea at the time. When British healthcare failed her ageing mother, eccentric writer Tottie decided to uproot her dysfunctional family and try again in France. But was France ready for her depressed dipsomaniac brother, her nearly nonogenarian mother who enjoyed saying “bum” and “bugger” and her elderly collie with a weak heart and his own blog? ‘Is That Billinge Lump?’ continues the saga which began with ‘Sell the Pig’. With Tottie’s candid style to tell a ‘life in France tale’ with a difference, you’ll find chuckles and tears in equal measure. Did France live up to its reputation for excellence in healthcare? Did Tottie survive sharing living space with her unpredictable brother? There’s only one way to find out …
About the author: Tottie Limejuice is the pen-name of Lesley Tither, a freelance copywriter and copy editor who lives in the Auvergne region of Central France. Passionate about wildlife and the countryside, she enjoys walks and camping with her dogs, and organic gardening. Now firmly settled into rural French living, she has applied for dual British/French citizenship.
There must be hundreds of books out there about moving to another country, renovating a ruin etc., but never one like this!
Those of us who have followed the journey of Tottie, her alcoholic brother and elderly mother on their adventure to move to France in ‘Sell The Pig’ will have been slightly prepared, for this, the sequel.
Now, after a long, two day journey, they have arrived at their new home in France. Their further adventures are just about to begin. However, whereas most of us, after moving, just sort problems out as they arise, Tottie is thrown in, literally at the deep end, as her mother, at eighty nine is suffering from vascular dementia, and straight away, the correct healthcare and carers are a necessity.
Competent Tottie manages to successfully overcome all obstacles, in a way that few of us can only dream of doing. She does this with an amazing resilience, fortitude and downright determination, the typical Tottie traits we come to recognise.
With her mother is settled and happy, all is well, and she even manages to explore locally on her R&R days, with her best friend and companion Meic, her beloved Border collie. However, life never runs smoothly and storms are on the horizon…
This is a wonderful story, one I became totally immersed in, refusing to put it down until the end. However, reader beware, settled in these totally absorbing pages are a myriad of emotions as you find yourself literally laughing and crying with Tottie.
I know this is a trilogy and I cannot wait to find out what further adventures she will have. Oh, and for those confused by the title, don’t worry, the answers in the book.