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The Hidden Triangle Book Cover The Hidden Triangle
A French Odyssey

Written and illustrated by Valerie Thompson

ISBN: 978-1-901253-32-0

(Old ISBN: 1 901253 32 5)

204 pages, paperback, 146mm x 208mm.
16 colour photos, 1 B&W photos, numerous B&W drawings

Published by Leonie Press, June 2003.
Reprinted January 2008.

Price: £ 8.99 Postage and Packing:

About the Book

Valerie Thompson's early trips to France were with her parents in the 1950s. In the days before package holidays they travelled annually to the Côte d'Azur, the Italian Riviera and the Adriatic coast, staying in cramped wooden cabins on camp sites. For the first Channel crossing their junk-filled Ford Prefect was slung onto the ferry in a net and for the second it travelled in the belly of a small plane which took off from Lydd airport in Kent. Valerie was responsible for map-reading and packing the vehicle - skills which were to come in handy in later years.

In the 1980s - now a musician, artist and interior designer - and fed up with rainy painting holidays in Wales, she decided to drive herself to France where she rented a tiny cottage for a week. Enchanted by the experience, she started to think how nice it would be to have a real French 'home-from-home' and over the next few months persuaded her husband to let her buy a French cottage... The following year she found a solid stone house in the Corrèze département of the Limousin that 'spoke to her'. She called it 'La Folie Verte' - a pun on 'folly' and 'folie' which in 18th century French meant 'a country house for recreation'.

Valerie Thompson's book is not just about buying and restoring an old house in the hidden triangle of this beautiful unspoilt region, but also about daily life there. It includes memoirs, observations, nature, history, legends, cookery, the arts - a veritable pot-pourri of many of the things which fascinate her.

About the Author
Valerie Thompson
The author trained as a teacher of Art and Music at Homerton College, Cambridge, too long ago to want to remember. After a brief but successful career in a Secondary Modern School, she worked for a short time on the Committee for Drug Addiction at the Department of Health. A family followed and all but her singing was put to one side for a while. Later she took on the job of accompanying a local choir. Returning to paint at the Field Study Centre at Flatford Mill was a welcome relief from domestic duties. For a few years Valerie taught painting to adults on holiday courses there and elsewhere.

Creatively she has never let up, in spite of managing a large house and garden in England and taking on the French property as well. In her spare time Valerie has studied silver-smithing, written numerous poems, composed many songs, a mass and a requiem, and travelled widely, as well as having fun hunting for bargains at antique fairs. Aged 40 something, she returned to College to study Interior Design and came away with an award and a distinction and started advertising her skills. However, this business has been very low-key, hence the time to write a book.

This, her first published book is not just about buying and restoring an old stone house in the Corrèze, but also about daily life there, memoirs, observations, nature, history, legends, cookery, the arts - a veritable pot-pourri of many of the things which fascinate her.

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