Vive le Livre Book Club

Our Vive le Livre (Long Live the Book) Book Club is a celebration of books as we simply love to read and would like to share. We’re giving it a particular focus ~ on France, the French and a country lifestyle (okay, and maybe a few animals just for fun), at least to start. We’ll be recommending books, old and new, classique and nouveau, all enjoyed by Pumpjack & Piddlewick. We will not be reviewing or offering books we didn’t enjoy and so can’t recommend to you. That’s just a waste of our time. However, as an online Club, we invite you to comment, agree, disagree, and recommend books you think we would like. We’re always open to new reads.

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Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

It had to be. You move to France, you’re learning French and you get a cat, so it would be required for someone to give you a little book called French for Cats. Like I said, it had to be. After all, your cat has to learn to understand FrenchRead More →

You are going to a Desert Island, what do you have to take with you? | Pumpjack Piddlewick

Probably because we have moved a lot (it’s a wine making thing), I got to thinking what items are particularly special to me, items I know will go with us in a move, items I couldn’t, wouldn’t be without. You know that, ‘you are allowed X items, what would youRead More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

So you like to visit France. Maybe you are even thinking of buying a place here. Maybe you already have. And yet, maybe, though you love the country, you just don’t get ‘the French’. Like why don’t the French smile? Why, when driving, do they feel the need to driveRead More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

As a partner in wine, I am always on the lookout for lovely little reads about the fermented grape. This time we are in Tuscany for a little sun and plonk, (how many words can you think of for wine?) as we recommend Cooking with Frenet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson.Read More →