« Sweet Encore: A Road Trip from Paris to Portugal | Main | five signs that you're almost French »

where we are now

September 27, 2015

Biff%20on%20windowsill.JPGWOOFS. Earlier this year, for typically random reasons, my two-legged friend and I decamped to Devon, where we are renovating a house. (Yup, she's mad enough to do it again.)

We will still spend a lot of time in France, but I do love Devon. Like France, it is a great place to be a doglet. We are welcome (almost) everywhere and showered with treats and compliments. Just this morning, as we were queuing in the local café, a lady said, ‘What a lovely wet nose, he's got!’ Someone else said that I had 'a very expressive little face.’

Since we arrived here, life has been a whirl of visits to paint shops and builders’ merchants. The people there always seem super-pleased to see me, probably because – unlike a certain someone – I haven't come to pester them about roof tiles or shelf brackets.

At first I thought that people might be making a fuss of me because of my literary pedigree – after all, I’ve starred in three books now – but KW says that no one here knows who I am, and that I am just one dog among many.

sunset%20pic.JPGIn addition to a beach on our doorstep, we also have 96 miles of 'Jurassic Coast' to explore – we've walked quite a bit of it already – as well as an enormous common, lots of farm shops, and cream teas at every turn. The sunsets here are also quite something.

Finally, a book update: in its third year, Tout Soul: The Pursuit of Happiness in Rural France has sold 1625 copies (print and e-book combined) from April 2014 to April 2015, so this year’s donation to neuroscience at King’s College London, will be £812.50.

In total, 9940 copies of the book have sold since it was launched three years ago, and together with previous years' donations, a total of £5443 has been raised for brain injury research from the royalties. My dogmother will post the usual acknowledgement letter in due course.



comments (12)

1. Posted by Kerrie in France on September 29, 2015 8:26 AM

So, you've moved on and left us in France.. Hope it turns out to be all that you wish for. Any news on when will we be able to buy the new book ? I'm so looking forward to another good read.Bonne chance à vous deux.

2. Posted by Margaret Powling on October 1, 2015 8:21 PM

Hi, Biff, Hi, Karen!

How lovely, you've moved to Devon ... it's a great county, isn't it? I love living here and have done since I was a child. Sorry your book has been delayed but it will be worth waiting for, I'm sure. I don't know whether I want to read the first chapter online as the book is on order ... I might just wait for it! Enjoy the sea views, the cream teas, the fish and chips and the fresh country and seaside air!
Margaret P

3. Posted by Martin on October 4, 2015 12:16 AM

Hi Biff
Please ask your owner to write a book about your new life in Devon. There are plenty of books about starting a new life in France but very few about moving to the English countryside, something many of us dream of doing.
Hope you enjoy walking the Jurassic Coast!

4. Posted by mimi pompom on October 4, 2015 4:43 PM

Hello Martin,

Yes, I'm very much enjoying the Jurassic Coast, thank you. Only this morning, I jumped in a river and then rolled in something that smelled quite wonderful to me, but made my owner shout a lot. I've mentioned the idea of Tout Sweet Devon and she got quite excited, saying it is a wonderful and inspirational idea. You're quite right – everyone is doing French memoirs but the English countryside has lots to offer.
WOOFS from Biff.

5. Posted by tricia on October 12, 2015 3:28 AM

Gosh you & your two legged friend have been busy. So, if I understand this correctly, your mistress moved you to another house in Poitou Charentes & now she has dragged you to Devon, but you will be spending time in both countries. How is your English coming along Biff? I bet you are loving the beach walks. Tell your mistress I'm looking forward to getting the print version of her new book. Happy walks. xx

6. Posted by Diane on October 12, 2015 3:46 PM

Hey Biff!! You sure do have an exciting life... you're more worldly than alot of humans! I think it's about time YOU write a book about YOUR life and experiences from your eyes - including the unspeakable things your human companion has put you thru. SHE gets all the attention and author credits... NOW it's YOUR turn. I heard rumors her new book is out, but I can't find it. Maybe you can ask her to point me in the direction of where I can purchase it in the USA. Tnx and Hugs to You

7. Posted by LINDA WILKIN on November 9, 2015 12:46 PM

I have been waiting for your road trip book to be published but have now been told that it will only be on e-book.Is that correct.I'm disappointed as I don't have a kindle and was really looking forward to reading it

8. Posted by Juliet Matthewd on November 24, 2015 11:16 AM

I have just finished reading Tout Sweet, Tout Allure and Tout Soul in quick succession after my sister lent me them. I'm so sad they are finished and look forward to hearing what happens next to you and Biff. Kind regards Juliet.

9. Posted by Linda R on December 23, 2015 6:56 PM

Excited about new home, please write a book. And where can I buy your latest book, is it still on hold?

10. Posted by Pierre L'Allier on February 28, 2016 10:17 PM

Congratulations to the dogmother.
You look as beautiful as ever, Biff

11. Posted by Sarah G on April 16, 2016 2:32 PM

Read Sweet Encore in one go on my Ipad Kindle app. Loved it. Hope there is another book in the pipeline?! Pleae do not stop writing !

12. Posted by Robyn on October 5, 2016 4:00 PM


Just finished "Tout Sweet" and enjoyed it very much! Requested the follow-up at my local library.

Thank you.

post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)