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Meeting Catherine Berry, author of But you are in France, Madame

This week, we have writer Catherine Berry on the Thursday Throng. Catherine was introduced to the French language at high school in Australia, but had no idea that this would dictate many of her life choices.  Her French love affair re-emerged several years later due to a series of lucky coincidences. These ultimately led her and her husband to set out on their French adventure with their three children in tow. ‘But you are in France, Madame’ is their story.

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Living In Italy Stef Smulders

Meet Stef Smulders, author of Living in Italy, the Real Deal

HI everyone, and this week it’s the turn of Stef Smulders, an expat living in Italy with a lot to say about living in a foreign country. Stef, his partner Nico and their dog Saar emigrated to Italy to start a new life and set up their B&B Villa I Due Padroni. They sold their home, left their friends and family behind and took a leap into the unknown. In, Living in Italy, the Real Deal, Stef shares his experiences of emigration: buying and renovate a house, importing a car, becoming resident, and much more.

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Meeting Ivanka di Felice, author of a Zany Slice of Italy

This week I’d like to welcome a woman with a wonderful name to the Thursday Throng. Ivanka lives in Italy and writes one of my favourite types of book – the alternative travel guide. Those who’ve been with me for a while know that I adore getting insights into culture and countries from the comfort of my own comfy chair.

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Meeting Alan Parks – author of Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca?

I’d like to say hello to Alan Parks, the author of fly on the wall, tell it like it really is living abroad in Spain book called ‘Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca?’. He’s also offering a free ebook copy of this funny and alternative look at the life outside the UK to three people. To be in with a chance of winning, just leave a comment at the end of the interview.

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Thursday Throng Interview & Book Giveaway with Apple Gidley, author of Expat Life, Slice by Slice

Today we have a wonderful giveaway of TWO HARDCOVER books from Apple Gidley. Apple is the author of Expat Life Slice by Slice, a wonderful memoir of life in the expat fast lane. She is an Anglo-Australian known to thousands as ExpatApple thanks to her popular blog at the Daily Telegraph who truly believes that to be a true global nomad we have to be actively engaged in wherever we call home. Currently, Apple is based in Houston, Texas where she joins us for this weeks Thursday Throng author interview. To be in with a chance of winning one of the TWO HARDCOVER COPIES Apple is giving away, just leave a comment at the end of the post.

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Win a Signed Copy of Going Local in Gran Canaria in The Thursday Throng Author Interview with Matthew Hirtes

It’s Thursday, it’s nine o’clock and I’d like to welcome Matthew Hirtes author of Going Local in Gran Canaria into the studio today as my guest on the Thursday Throng author interview slot. The full title of the book is Going Local in Gran Canaria: how to turn a holiday destination into a home and that will give you a great idea of where the book is going to take you; although you shouldn’t be misled, it is full of exceptional information for the traveller and the home-owner alike.

As well as doing this interview, Matthew is also giving one lucky commenter a signed, paperback copy of Going Local In Gran Canaria, and whoever get’s it is going to want to go as much as I did when I was reading it.

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3 Copies of ‘That Bear Ate My Pants!’ to Giveaway in the Tony Slater Author Interview

Today I am lucky enough to have not one, but three,  eCopies (Kindle, Nook, etc ….) of Tony Slater’s book ‘That Bear Ate My Pants‘ to giveaway in my Thursday Throng Interview. Just the title was enough to hook my interest and the email he sent me describing the book had me salivating with anticipation. Hailing from the UK, it turns out that Tony wanted to be an actor, not just any actor but being a Mel Gibson lookalike 🙂 he wanted to be a supermegastar; then reality kicked in and he realised he wasn’t actually that good an actor. He decided to take his experience of working in more menial jobs and enjoy them abroad instead.

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Win a Signed Copy of More Ketchup than Salsa in The Thursday Throng Author Interview with Joe Cawley

It’s Thursday, it’s nine o’clock and I’d like to welcome Joe Cawley author of More Ketchup than Salsa: Confessions of a Tenerife Barman into the studio today as my guest on the Thursday Throng author interview slot. Joe hails from the UK but now lives in Tenerife and is an award-winning travel writer whose work is published in The Sunday Times, the Times and Conde Nast Travel.

As well as doing this interview, Joe is also giving one lucky commenter a signed, paperback copy of More Ketchup than Salsa, and I know whoever get’s it is going to laugh as much as I did when I read it.

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How to Write a Travel Guide

There are many types of travel writing. There are the Berlitz style of travel guide which you pick up in the Airport when you’ve realise you don’t even know how to say ‘hello‘ to the locals in the country that is destined to share your holiday. These guides cover the bare bones of the tourist traps that are the ‘must see‘ of this particular destination; they almost always contain a section on ‘practical information‘ which tell you how to say ‘Sir, I have lost my hat‘ in 16 different dialects. They’re excellent at helping you to orient yourself in a new culture, but let’s face it they can be a bit, well, dull

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