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Electricity in your French House 

Thomas Malcolm

At last, a comprehensive book discussing exactly what it says on the cover. The full title is "Electricity in your French House - Rules and techniques explained in English", so should you be thinking about doing some re-wiring or just wanting to make sure your property is safe with correctly installed electrics, this book may well be of use to you. An indispensable guide for those wanting to know anything about domestic electrical systems in France.


 

A Mule in Rouen 

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Making a Living in France 
Joe Laredo

This comprehensive book tells you everything that other books don't about finding a job or starting your own business in France. From essential up-to-date information to practical money and time saving tips, Making a Living in France is packed with need to know details about all things work-related in France.  A vital reference that will help turn your dream into reality.


 

A Mule in Rouen 

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A Mule in Rouen 
A Discovery of Upper Normandy
Rob Silverstone

Widely acclaimed book covering the hidden delights of Upper Normandy through the eyes of an English chef setting up shop in Rouen. An amusing read especially if you are considering a similar project. And with 40 photos and 10 maps, it is a handy book for anyone thinking of visiting Normandy.


The French Property Buyer's Handbook

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The French Property Buyer's Handbook 
Everything you need to know about buying a house and moving to France
Natalie Avella

This book is for anyone looking to buy a property in France to use as a holiday home, to work from, or to start a new life abroad.

It is a comprehensive guide to all stages of buying a house and moving to France. It has a wealth of contact details and information, and can be used both as an active reference guide when in France, and also for people who are interested in, but not quite ready for, making the move.


Vintcent's French Food Dictionary

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Vintcent's French Food Dictionary 
Charles Vintcent

In a country where good food is so plentiful, many visitors choose to cook for themselves. This dictionary of food has been written for all those English-speaking visitors to France who enjoy the pleasures of self-catering. It is designed to help avoid confusion over the variety of different names of the meat, fish and vegetables in the French market or supermarket. It also includes helpful tips for use when buying such items as sliced meat or ham when you may want the slices to be thicker or thinner, or, for harder or softer cheese for example. An invaluable guide if you want to know your mullet from your monkfish!


 

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Buying Property in France
Charles Davey

A nicely balanced book on buying in France. Plenty of information on the different regions: the benefits of each, the relative property prices, the travel links to and from the UK and a list of the local UK contacts (for each region) - useful stuff and commonly overlooked in other guides. Also good sections on renting and settling-in (arranging schooling etc). A good little book that proves to be a constant reference point and a complete bargain at less that 10!


 

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Glossary of House Purchase and Renovation Terms: French-English - English, French
Alan S. Lindsey

No matter how accomplished your command of the French language, there are always going to be those 'what on earth' moments when you descend into sign language and your phrase book is next to useless. This is where the glossary comes in. Straightforward and no nonsense, it lists building items and terminology, as well as parts and accessories. It also covers commonly applied financial and legal information as well as words and phrases used in the conveyancing and mortgaging of French properties. A useful book for your back pocket on your next trip to the french DIY store. Also this book can be handy if your looking to spend big money on a builder - it'll help you look as though you know what you're talking about (even if you don't!) 

 

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Buying a Home in France
David Hampshire
This is a good starting point if you are considering buying a place in France - or even if you have already taken the plunge. It is totally up to date (this edition updated for 2006), and excellent value. The practical information will help you make the right decisions up front and get organised after the purchase has been made. All in all a good way to get to know many of the quirks of the French system fast.  
Steve Pickard from Grantham, UK rates this title: Very Good
He says: "If you are getting slightly overwhelmed by differing advice, throw it all away and just read this book - very comprehensive without overwhelming. Good detail and advice where to go to for more. Updated annually. Very readable."

Review 27th October:
John Rye from Gravesend, Kent, UK told us that he rates this title: Very Good
He says: "Full of useful information. Well presented. A constant source of reference, well worth reading before purchasing or moving to France."


 

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The Best Places to Buy a Home in France
Joe Laredo

Essential reading for anyone wanting to get to know the regions and their peculiarities without having to visit them all. France is a pretty big place - so it will save you time and money to do your research at home in your armchair! It'll give you a guide to property prices and availability, and information about local schools and administration. This book will help you choose the best region and town to suit your family's requirements whether it's for business, pleasure or investment.


 

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Buying a Property in France
Clive Kristen

Another option if you are looking at buying a property in France. The second edition of this book (which came out in Feb 2002) has been completely revised to make sure it is bank up to date. 

 

 

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Live and Work in France
Victoria Pybus

This is the one to buy if you want bang up to date information. Newly revised and republished in June 2002. Good content and plenty of useful contacts for extra information.  Well laid out with addresses and phone numbers alongside each section (rather than having an appendix at the end) . A perfect reference. Overall very similar content to Living and Working in France by David Hampshire. However, if you're looking to do business in France, this book is much better. She goes into the various different options - from setting up a simple "Representative office" in France (handy if you already have a UK business - as it can keep you out of the French tax system altogether), through to setting up your very own S.A.R.L. - French Limited company. Includes many useful contact phone numbers and addresses.


  

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Buying and Restoring Old Property in France
David Everett

Dealing with old buildings doesn't always demand a huge amount of specialist knowledge. Most people will get there in the end with the jobs that need to be done. However, if you want the job done right and don't want to waste too much time in the process you need good information. David Everett provides much guidance, on trickier areas as well as the obvious and provides a useful list of contacts.


 

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Letting French Property Successfully
by Charles Parkinson and Stephen Smith

This is a "must have" if you are thinking of letting your property in France, or buying a property to rent out.  Rules in France are completely different to the UK. Tenants still have a huge number of rights to retain occupancy (even if they aren't paying the rent!) 
Make sure you know the issues before you start. The information in this book is hugely valuable and tells you how to make arrangements to avoid problems.  
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Taxation in France
by Charles Parkinson

Another "must have" if you are likely to get an income or have any capital gains in France. Taxation is completely different to the UK. Make sure you avoid unnecessary hefty tax bills and the associated stress. This is one book that will pay for itself many times over.
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