Apr 21, 11
Read from April 20 to 21, 2011
Enjoyable romp around France as Simkins, a jobbing actor, takes a summer off to immerse himself in the couture of our Trans-Manche cousins. He is a genial companion, and as we share a love of cricket and Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, I found him very entertaining. He certainly plays the gauche English twit well with a nice line in quips. I think by the end, he came away freshly enchanted by France and its people, but probably reflecting that, en fin, it is rather nice to be English, live in England and just pop across the Channel when we want some extra joie de vivre. Which, coincidentally, is exactly how i feel, and why this summer I am swapping the potential delights of Cleethorpes for the rolling hills of the Limousin for a few days.