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. But this book isn't about hitchhiking around Ireland with a fridge, playing the Moldovans at tennis or getting a hit song in Europe, it's about Hawks' problems when he bought a house in the French Pyrenees, and the piano that he took there. Archived from on 22 May 2013. However, TonyÂs hopelessly ill-prepared stumbling into the world of overseas homeownership is perhaps best read as a useful manual of how not to go about buying a house abroad. He is also without a great deal of knowledge in how to play the piano and figures that the two could well go together. He is quite a lover - of his friends and his liquor.
Perhaps something along the lines of an embarrassing episode in the market when he confuses the French words for onions and testicles. And for at least one of them, love is found at last, in the most unexpected of places. 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. I found this book fascinating, as Tony Hawkes' experience almost exactly mirrors my own, although I live in the Limousin area of France. All it's really about is Hawks' buying a vacation home in the French Pyrenees.
It relates his adventures with moving, building a pool, putting up his friends, and fitting in and getting to know his mostly French neighbors. Don't expect any real soul-searching moments, although anyone having read any of Hawks books previously, wouldn't have expected that. Hawks is the co-founder and public face of the 'Tennis for Free' campaign which aims to make Britain's existing municipal tennis facilities available to all. There is little that happens in this book and the only things that made me laugh out loud were the occasional foot note. It was directed by and the producers were Tony Hawks, Simon Sharkey and Greg Macmanus, the cinematographer was John Sorapure and the film editor was Mark Wybourn. This was a pretty good find. If I wanted endings like that, I'd turn to Mills and Boon.
The book still has the feel of him sitting down and just chatting about what he's done and what he is preparing to do next. I'm a pianist, I've visited southwest France several times, plus I passed a crew preparing to film sequences in the movie version of Round Ireland with a Fridge in West Wales where else? As a huge fan of Tony Hawks, I don't regret buying the book as I did enjoy it, although I do regret the price I paid for it and wishing I was less of an impulse buyer and more someone who shopped around. Adored this book brought back feelings again of moving to France and loved that the author read as well made it more personal, it was exciting funny and heart warming if you love travel books like me you will love this one. I loved 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' and 'One Hit Wonderland', but while this one was fun while reading, it didn't leave me quite as happy as the other two. It finds him flirting with the removal business in a disastrous attempt to transport his piano to France in a dodgy white van; foolishly electing to build a swimming pool himself; and expanding his relationship repertoire when he starts co-habiting, not with an exquisite French beauty, but with a middle-aged builder from West London. Tony Hawks' story of life in the Pyrenees, including building a pool in the Pyrenees, is a wholesome relatively and breezy account of a funny and sweet man in his search for love and peace.
In fact, though the first two books did show some real depth and insight, this one showed a lot more. Inspired by breathtaking views and romantically dreaming of finding love in the mountains, Tony Hawks impulsively buys an idyllic house in the French Pyrenees. The jokes seem tenuous but most frustrating of all is the wasy Hawks lifestyle is so frivolous, he comes across as lazy and out of touch with the life styles of the general population. As Tony and his friends haplessly attempt to fit into village life, they learn more about themselves and each other than they ever imagined. Archived from on 29 September 2014. 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 Buy A Piano In The Pyrenees by Tony Hawks from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
There is little that happens in this book and the only things that made me laugh out loud were the occasional foot note. It sure sounds lik Grabbed this piece out of a casa particular after running out of reading in Cuba. This is a lovely light read; I found myself willing him on at every stage from the initial faltering exchanges in French with his fellow villagers to sorting out the vagaries of the design and build of his new pool to renewing a courtship. And for at least one of them, love is found at last, in the most unexpected of places. 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. I was in stitches laughing so much at times. In saying that, the person who gave me the book said that it doesn't necessarily have re-readability, so I'll reserve final judgement and see if it makes me want to read it again.
At the start it didn't seem as if it would equal the other books, but after about two chapters in it was every bit as good. Best enjoyed while not behind the wheel! Here, he plans to finally fulfil his childhood fantasy of mastering the piano, untroubled by the problems of the world. The Fridge Hiker's Guide to Life : How to Stay Cool in a Heated-Up World. I just don't think this is very well, or interestingly, written. This was a bigger question than usually got asked at these post-match debriefs.
He finds himself afflicted with a curse of white vans--at various points he is the owner of a white van that proves a disastrous purchase, rents a van where he gets pulled over by the French traffic police, and is a driver in another car that is run into by a white van. He first attempted to break into show business as a serious singer-songwriter, but it was with a novelty record that he had his first brush with fame. It was mildly amusing in place but I'm not sure what this book is trying to be. In addition, this is written more as the stand up comedian he has been, rather than taking the stance of a naturally funny man on a bit of a silly adventure. I'm just disappointed that it was not a bit longer. Wi Listened to this as an Audio book read by Tony Hawks himself. I do like Ron though,whose answer to the trials of life can be summed up in 5 words.
The author finds himself somewhat at a loss with what to do with life, and on a whim buys a house in the French Pyrenees with visions of finding himself a nice French girl and practicing the piano and living an elegant life of bucolic land ownership. The fact that his longings for stability lead him to buy a home demonstrate that he is the sort of person who wants permanency in life, even if he had been previously unable to find it in his romantic life. . 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. If he buys a house in a far off land, he'll have the time and space he needs to finally learn how to play the piano properly.