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Swallows & Robins

Subtitle The Laughs & Tears Of A Holiday Home Owner
By Susie Kelly
ISBN 9780993307010
Winter 2015


The true story of the world's worst housekeeper's attempts to run two holiday homes in remotest France and her love/hate relationship with her guests. For somebody who hates housework with a passion, running holiday homes wasn't, with hindsight, a sensible idea. But two collapsing buildings on Susie Kelly's land would cost more to demolish than to restore. Thus she became a seasonal landlady.

Author's Biography

Born a Londoner, Susie Kelly spent most of the first 25 years of her life in Kenya. She now lives in south-west France with her husband and assorted animals. She believes that her explosive temper is a legacy from her Irish-American grandfather, but has no idea who to blame for her incompetence as a housewife. Susie particularly enjoys exploring the road less travelled, discovering the lives and events of lesser-known places.


'Its absolutely brilliant, it made me laugh - in fact snort out loud - and then cry. Susie is a marvellous writer.' The Good Life France. 

'There are a handful of authors that will achieve that elusive trick of making you laugh out loud. For me it's James Herriot, Bill Bryson & Susie Kelly.' French Entree Magazine 

'This is another Susie Kelly great read that often had me laughing out loud as we meet the various builders, her local friends, the good guests and the bad who popped into her life over a four year period.' French Village Diaries

Price £9.99

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Reader Comments

So very funny, you will really lol!
A very amusing and interesting read.I thoroughly recommend this book!
A fantastic read - so funny I didn't want the book to end. Susie deserves to win!
I love Susie's books and I've read all her books. She has a beautiful descriptive style and the stories are peppered with interesting historical and geographical information. Obviously she researches well to get all this information. The books are a pleasure to read.
A great read - I love all of Susie's books!
A clever aand funny read!
Susie Kelly's best book? Surely.
I love Susie's books. I have read them all and enjoyed each one. So look forward to a new release. In my opinion she is one of the great travel (with a humorous twist) authors on the market today.
Loved the book Deserves to win
Love all of Susie's books! Entertaining and well written!
An excellent writer.
Susie is an awesome writer!!!
Another great book by Susie Kelly. Just like her other books they keep me amused.
Terrific read!
Super book. Must win.
Great Laugh Great Read Great Author
So true to life
Well written,great author. Suggest reading her other books. Plenty of true tears and funny moments throughout. Marvellous!
Very very funny!
A great read.
A lively and witty writer, Susie can see and effectively relay the drama present in everyday life.
An excellent book! The rural french life is wonderfully depicted
Great read & really funny
This is such a funny book, it will brighten even the gloomiest of days.
I laughed and I cried with Susie and this book just gave me an appetite for more of Susie's work and I wish she could write as fast as I read them.....
a witty and original,writer extremely funny, cant wait to get this in paperback,,
A great read. Well paced and funny. Very evocative description of life in rural France.
Very funny and worryingly true to real life! Loved it.
Susie is a very talented author and has the ability to make you laugh out loud,
Like all of Susie Kelly's books this one transports you into her world making you feel you are there.
This a book that everyone must read, very funny, and we recommend that you buy this book, Susie Kelly is a fantastic author
I found this book to be a very enjoyable read.
Brilliant !!
Susie writes with such humour and passion, the reader is invited in and transported to the authors world. After chuckling my way through Swallows and Robins, I felt as though I had been a guest at her holiday home, hopefully one she liked.
Delightful, another MUST READ
Susie's books are always a pleasure to read.
Another great read from Susie, just the thing to brighten a dull winter's day!
I find all of Susie's books very enjoyable, atmospheric and accessible, whether you live(d) in France or not.
Well written, amusing, easy to read and understand where Susie comes from.
Witty, charming, wryly observed, this is a great book.
My favourite of all Susie's titles. Laughs and tears in abundance. A lovely read.
Interesting, amusing and well written. I could not put it down.
Whether you holiday in gîtes or are just thinking about it this is a MUST READ book. Even if you have no previous desire for this sort of holiday this book will fill you with delight ! It's thought-provoking, insightful and a thoroughly good read from start to finish. Downside? I wanted the book to continue - perhaps a sequel? If you have ever run gÎtes youself so much of Susie's experiences strike chords and cause a chuckle or two in recognition. Susie Kelly's writing style is a joy to revisit or to encounter for the first time. If it is your first time it certainly won't be your last - I guarantee it!
Susie Kelley's book are a delight! : down to earth, unaffected talented writing that is engaging and very funny. This one is no exception - BrilliantI I also recommend her blog at Errol Niblett
Absolutely great! Funny, honest and very real.
Well-written! A great read!
Simply Wonderful!
I delight in Susie's books as I do in her blog. Let's face facts, I delight in Susie's writing. She is that thing that writers aspire to - a page turner who feels like a friend in the room.
Great writing... smile, smile, laugh out loud! Definitely worth reading.
Love Suzie's books, very funny and a joy to read.
wonderful book
Absolutely loved this book.
This book is both true and extremely funny at the same time. I have a gîte myself and some of Susie's visitors and her cleaner were very close to home. Susie has a way of describing people that bring them immediately to life.
Love Susie Kelly's books
An original and highly talented writer
I love Suzie's books and have read them all more than once. Will be so happy when her new one comes out, too! She made me feel almost like she and I were friends as I read her books and I liked that.
A wonderful read.. great characterization
Not many authors can make me laugh and cry. Very enjoyable feel good book.
Love Susie Kelly's books
A wonderful read: funny and honest and a revelation for anyone who's ever rented a holiday home.
Such a funny, funny read, beautifully written. The drawing of the character of Ivy The Cleaning Lady especially is a masterful comic creation (see the extract). That this chaotic woman existed is priceless...
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