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Lilac and Roses:
Our home in the Cévennes sun

Written by Peggy Anderson
and edited by Jan Bevan

ISBN: 978-1-901253-22-1
(Old ISBN: 1 901253 22 8)

138 pages, paperback, 146mm x 208mm.
10 black and white photos, 6 colour photos
Published by Leonie Press, March 2001.

Price: £ 7.99 Postage and Packing:

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About the Book

The late Peggy and Alan Anderson bought La Clède, a ruined farmhouse near the appropriately named town of Joyeuse in the Ardèche, in 1963 long before Peter Mayle appeared on the scene and made such purchases fashionable. Set amidst vineyards and peach groves, it cost £900 and they spent the next ten years, and most of their savings, renovating it. Their friends thought they were mad.

Yet by the time the couple came to retire they had transformed the ruin into an enchanting home. A local newspaper article described them as being set for a life of lilac and roses. This delightful and unusual book, describing that transformation, was written in 1975 and has been edited by Peggy's daughter Jan Bevan as a tribute to her mother.

Jan used to let out half the house as a summer holiday gîte and lived in the other part.

Update: 2015. After 50 years in the same family, La Clède was sold and Jan and Mike returned to the UK, ready for a new adventure.

About the Author
Peggy Anderson


Peggy Anderson was part of the generation who lost out heavily in their youth because of WWII. Born in 1920, at college when the war started and a young mother by the time it ended, she had wanted to be a fashion designer, but had plumped for the "safer option" of teaching in those uncertain times. She always maintained (according to daughter, Jan Bevan) that, had she had a different career, there would not have been the time to do what she did with the house in France. School holidays permitted two visits a year at Easter and in Summer to work on La Clède, so Peggy and husband, Alan, either froze in April or roasted in August! Since Jan has been involved, with her partner, Mike, in the refurbishment of the older side of the house at about the same age she says she's amazed they managed it!

Jan Bevan


Jan's working  life has been rather more chequered than her parents', initially "climbing the ladder" in press and public relations, travelling, then opting for a career change as an interior designer/decorator, following a course at Chelsea Art School. After her parents' deaths, she moved from London to Canterbury, where she met her partner, Mike, who first visited Ribes in 1995 to repair the roof. "Thankfully", says Jan, "he loved it too and, since then, we've been spending summers in France and winters in England".

As it is now over 40 years since the family bought Le Clède Jan has brought the story up-to-date in her book "Keeping the Dream Alive" published in March 2005.

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