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This is an auction for A FOREIGN AFFAIR: A PASSIONATE LIFE IN FOUR LANGUAGES by Valerie Barnes. reviews:

“This was an amazing life story which I found very motivating.”

“My favourite book! Escapism at its best!”

“This was the fourth book I read studying French at the Alliance Francaise. While not particularly focussed on French, Barnes does marry a French man and lives in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. It is a lovely story of one woman's life leaving her English family's poor life after World War Two and happily landing on her feet in an international, busy and wealthy lifestyle of interpreting for the United Nations. Barnes' storytelling has the lovely sentimental tones of a woman looking back fondly on her exciting life and loves. This book has reaffirmed my desire to better my French for all the opportunities that may offer.“

“Loved this book!:-) What an amazing life story!”

“Generally I'm not a fan of non-fiction, but I loved this story. It made me want to learn more languages and just drink in the world.”

“This is a fun book about life as an interpreter, with lots of interesting characters. Valerie was a regular in the bookshop I was working in. She really lived up to the Valerie in the book. A very funny lady.”

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Large format (trade) paperback 2004.

288 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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