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Footloose in France

Footloose in France

By (author) John Adamson
By (author) Clive Jackson


  • A living picture of a France gone by
  • Affords glimpses of the worlds of film, art, banking, wine-making, dining, and language teaching
  • Tales set in Paris and the western Pyrenees
Full Description

The book begins by the North Sea. It is a late summer’s afternoon, and a bright sun has dispersed the greyness of the day. Two Englishmen are enjoying a swim off the Essex coast when all at once both have the feeling that they are back at the French seaside. They find themselves starting to tell each other of their youthful experiences of living in France. The adventures they narrate follow one after another like waves rolling onto the shore.

Clive, coming from London, had found himself spending a year deep in the French countryside within sight of the western Pyrenees; John, hailing from Devon, had ended up living for a while in the City of Light within sight of the Folies Bergère. Outsiders though they were, they momentarily became part of French society, their adventures fuelled by the culinary delights of their adopted land.

They tell their tales with humor and relish as they recall their initiation into the French way of life of decades ago – and how it shaped their own.

About the Author

John Adamson, born at Poltimore, Devon, studied at the universities of Edinburgh and Geneva. He worked for several short periods in the translation department of the Banque Française du Commerce Extérieur in Paris and for eight months at the Berlitz School of Languages in London, before embarking on a career in publishing, starting as a graduate trainee at Cambridge University Press. There he became European sales representative, later publicity manager and lastly export sales director, afterwards joining the National Portrait Gallery in London as head of publications and retailing. Since the early nineties he has been an independent publisher of books in the fine and decorative arts as well as a writer and translator. He was awarded a fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries in 2019. Clive Jackson grew up in Colchester, Essex, where he attended Colchester Royal Grammar School. After working for a year in the overseas business department of a City of London insurance company, he studied for a University of London degree in French and Spanish. Deciding on a career as a modern language teacher, he lived abroad for a number of years teaching French in Canada and English in the south of France. Long resident in Cambridge, he worked in adult education as a Spanish tutor, completing his career as head of Spanish at the Perse School.

John Adamson
29th Nov 2023
Digital download
USA & Canada
216 Pages
1 color, 2 b&w
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