By Clare Jones

Je mourrai moins bête

Cover by Tamsin Edwards Texart

I am pleased to announce that the lucky winner of a copy of Je mourrai moins bête: 200 French expressions to help you die less stupid in the competition run by Lawless French was Michael Rosanova of Illinois. The first French expression he ever learned was C’est la vie! – ‘That’s life!’ A calm acceptance of life’s problems is what I need at the moment as we are in the throes of house moving and I am trying to cope with legal matters and bureaucracy without panicking! Another useful one for me is Ne t’en fais pas! – ‘Don’t worry!’ Do you know of any other calming French phrases which might help me through this tricky time? Please leave a comment in the box below.

In case you missed my previous competition, here’s another one. It is aimed at readers of Village Connect, a magazine which links up villages across Northamptonshire. Attention! Des conditions générales s’appliquent – terms and conditions apply. This competition is only open to UK residents, one entry per person. Send an email to me at with “Village Connect Competition” in the title telling me what your favourite French expression is and you will have the chance to win a copy of my book. Entries on a postcard can also be sent to Clare Jones, 33 Thorpe Street, Raunds, Wellingborough, Northants, NN9 6LS to arrive before the closing date of noon on Monday, 4th April, 2016. All entries will go into a hat and one will be drawn at random.

Many thanks to all those who have bought a copy of my book. If you have enjoyed reading it, please leave a review on Amazon. Here are the links for, and

A bientôt!


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    • Derrick Green

    • February 22, 2016

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About the author

Clare Jones was born in the North of England in 1960. She fell in love with the French language at the age of 11 and went on to study it to degree level at Leicester University, where she also became a qualified teacher. In 2011 Clare collaborated with Tamsin Edwards to produce an iPhone application, “Figure out French, Rouler un patin: to give a French kiss and other French expressions for leisure and health”. Though she now lives in England, Clare always has her nose in a French book and she surrounds herself by all things French. She is currently very busy teaching French as a private tutor and when she has the time, she writes a blog on the subject of the French language (click on the blog tab to read it). Clare enjoys tai-chi, swimming, and cycling in the local country park. She is also an enthusiastic member of her local community choir.

About the illustrator

Tamsin Edwards studied art at both Nene Art College, Northampton, and Derby School of Art during the early 1980s. Though well known for her atmospheric watercolour landscapes, Tamsin also creates quirky pen & wash illustrations, often portraying comic images of people and places. Tamsin has already collaborated with Clare Jones to produce an iPhone application. Past commissioned projects also include the children’s storybook ‘Tales of Two Shires’ and a book of poetic verses. As well as regularly exhibiting work and selling to clients around the world, Tamsin has also had several paintings published in an international magazine. To view further examples of her work or to buy original artwork from this book, please visit Tamsin can be contacted at

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Illustrator Tamsin Edwards (left) and author Clare Jones (right)

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