Title: George’s Grand Tour
Author: Caroline Vermalle (translated by Anna Aitken)
Publisher: Gallic Books (16th May 2015)
Paperback: 192 pages
Refreshments: Kir Royale
At the age of 83, retired butcher George Nicoleau is about to set off on the greatest adventure of his life. George and his neighbour Charles have long dreamt of a road trip, driving the 3500 kilometres that make up the stages of the Tour de France. And now that George’s over‐protective daughter has gone to South America, it’s time to seize the moment. But just when he feels free of family ties, George’s granddaughter Adèle starts calling him from London, and he finds himself promising to text her as he travels around France, although he doesn’t even know how to use a mobile. George is plagued by doubts, health worries and an indifference to modern technology. And yet – might the journey still prove to be everything he had hoped for?
Whimsical, delightful and wonderfully aspirational to live life to the full and embrace new adventures whatever your age – not to mention stay in touch with your grandparents and NEVER never become ageist. The perfect summer compliment to a trip to the park on a Sunday afternoon, just take a tissue just in case.
Rating: 8 out of 10