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Razor-sharp satire on Northern life

A Year in the Province: Being the Memoir of Jesus Sanchez Ventura. By Christopher Marsh, Beautiful Books, €16.50

7th June, 2008

A Year in the Province: Being the Memoir of Jesus Sanchez Ventura. By Christopher Marsh, Beautiful Books, €16.50

We are all familiar with the genre. Bored middleclass couple that have been together too long decide to escape the rat race and sodden skies by upping sticks to Tuscany, the Costas or, most famously, Provence, in search of true fulfilment.

The same basic tale has been told and retold. We enjoyed these books once; publishers couldn’t...

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