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This Spring the Charroux Literary Festival is putting on a series of bookish lunches. The first is  kicking of with the wonderful Susie Kelly.  She will be entertaining those attending with her stories over lunch on Wednesday 16th March.Susie Kelly

Susie Kelly was born in grey post-war London, and spent much of her childhood and young adulthood in the beautiful country of Kenya.

She now lives just outside Charroux in the Poitou-Charentes area of  France with a menagerie of assorted animals, and is passionate about animal welfare. She has been  a vegetarian since 1983, her other interests include travel, reading, and photography. 

Her first book “Best Foot Forward” was published by Transworld Publishers in 2003, followed by “Two Steps Backward” in 2004, and “A Perfect Circle” in 2006.

Since 2011 Susie’s books have been published by Blackbird Digital Books, whose theme is strong, adventurous women living life to the full. Blackbird Digital Book people love birds and animals, travel, history, romance, natural health and environment, resourcefulness, humour, the surreal and magic.

She says that if her house caught fire and she could only save three things (apart from her animals, of course), they would be courage, compassion and a sense of humour.

Her  books are available in paperback or Kindle from your local Amazon. Paperbacks can also be ordered from bookstores worldwide, from small independents to Barnes & Noble (US) and Waterstones (UK)
Her travel books and memoir can be purchased as a Kindle boxed set of 5 complete titles.
For more information about this lunch and others scheduled for this Spring click on Charroux Literary Festival

Below is a description of the five books about life and travel in France, supplied by Susie herself. However better than just reading what she has to say, why not go along and meet her on 16th of March and share some food and wine no doubt, however probably best not to order steak, especially very rare steak!  

1BF1My first title, published in 2003, was Best Foot Forward – a 500 mile solo trek from La Rochelle to Lake Geneva.
51Ah2EXLcPL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)The follow up was Two Steps Backward, the story of our arrival in France to start a new life in a ruin, in a small hamlet, with a menagerie of animals.
Travels with Tinkerbelle – originally published under the title ‘A Perfect Circle’ is an account of a 6,000 mile trip around the perimeter of France with our two dogs, in a dilapidated camping car.
6Valley6The Valley of Heaven and Hell, published in 2011, is a cycle trip from Versailles, through Paris and along the Marne Valley to Reims, a mixture of travel and history, following the story of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI from their marriage to their deaths.
Swallows and Robins is an account of my attempt to run a couple of gites, and the guests who came to stay, from the most delightful families to borderline psychopaths.
SweetWEBI’ve also written a memoir about growing up in Kenya in a dysfunctional family – I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry – and a couple of simple cookery books for people like me who haven’t much time, aren’t very patient and don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, but enjoy simple and wholesome meals that can be put together with minimum time and effort.
For other books with a strong hint of France which I (that is me, the writer of this blog, and not Susie Kelly)  would recommend click on Good books about France.