Susan Cutsforth, award-winning Teacher- Librarian at Corrimal High School, has excelled herself with the print release of her memoir, Our House is Not in Paris. Her story of the trials, tribulations and rewarding times renovating an ancient farm house in France, was released as a digital e-book last year. It was so positively reviewed on Amazon that Melbourne Books decided to go to print.
Coupled with this success, Susan was also offered a two-book deal for the next instalments in her “Our House” series. The second memoir, Our House is Certainly Not in Paris will be published as an e-book this November. The last in the series, Our House is Definitely Not in Paris, will be published in December 2014.
Susan Cutsforth and her husband, Stuart, are ‘ordinary’ people living an extraordinary life. Although they both work full time, they took on the challenge of a significant renovation of a holiday house they bought in Cuzance, a small village in south-western France. Their petite maison, Pied de la Croix, required significant renovating, which they accomplished almost single-handedly during their working holidays.
Our House is Not in Paris is a story about pushing boundaries, aiming high and most of all, taking risks. With humour, poetry and insight, Susan’s story shows that you can do more than simply dream.
Here is a sample of reviews from readers:
‘What a great little holiday read. I loved this book. I could think of nothing better than to buy a little house in France… with this book I was able to partake in the journey with Susan Cutsforth.’
‘Fantastic, Fantastic… This book had my attention from the start until the end, it moved at a frenetic pace. The author has a magical ability to paint a clear picture of everything French. On more than one occasion I had to visit my local deli in Sydney and buy French cheese and bread to join the author on the steps of her rural French house! (True)’
‘If you are considering visiting France it is an ideal book to give you an insight into what to expect and what is expected of you. Well at least outside of Paris!
For anyone renovating, anywhere, it is a must read. The passion is obvious not only in the renovating but also the writing.’
‘A totally wonderful read, I just loved it. An amazingly easy read. I really felt like I was in France along with Susan and her resourceful hubby. I enjoyed the building of the numerous relationships within the memoir. I want to know what happens next in the renovation of the cottage. Bring on the next instalment.’
Susan will be having a book launch and signing at Beanstalk Café, Thirroul, Saturday 23rd November, at 3pm.
Our House is Not in Paris is available at independent bookshops.