by Clare Jones

Oundle bookshop

Oundle bookshop, Northamptonshire

Last week I was delighted to finally get my book on display in a shop window! Oundle bookshop is housed in wonderful old premises in the centre of the beautiful historic town in East Northamptonshire where I now live and teach. It helps local writers by not taking a huge cut of the profits from a book, thereby allowing us poor authors to make a small profit from our sales. Here’s a photo of my book dans la vitrine de la librairie – in the bookshop window.

Je mourrai moins bete: 200 French expressions to help you die less stupid

Je mourrai moins bete: 200 French expressions to help you die less stupid

Don’t forget that la librairie in French is a false friend. It is not a library, which is une bibliothèque. I wouldn’t be happy if you tried to take my book away without paying! Nor would I be content if all the French learners in Oundle contented themselves with window shopping (faire du lèche-vitrines –  literally to do lick-windows).

faire du lèche vitrines

picture by Tamsin Edwards Texart


For those of you who live too far from Oundle to come and buy a copy, you can buy it on Amazon worldwide. If you have read and enjoyed it, please do leave a review for me. It would only take you a few moments and would give me much encouragement.

A bientôt!



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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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