Tony Lewis from Slyne has just published his travel memoir, ‘Tales from the Hilltop – A summer in the other South of France’.
Set in beautiful Cordes-sur-Ciel in the Tarn, the book was born out of Tony and his wife Ludmilla’s experiences working for a specialist cycling and walking holiday company.
The book sees the couple head off to the medieval marvel of Cordes-sur-Ciel – a region so achingly beautiful and laden with history and mystery that they have to “pinch themselves to be sure such a place really does exist”.
And when their cyclists turn up for a week’s pedal-powered adventure, the advtures truly begin.
Tony and Ludmilla’s skills are pushed to the limit when they come face-to-face with a ‘devil dog’ intent on devouring their panniers and again when their walkers take the wrong trail and find themselves humming Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Lost In France’.
Tony says he decided to write the memoir mainly so that he would not forget those wonderful days, but also so that friends, family and company bosses might “cease their stuck-record comments about him spending his life on one long, paid holiday”.
Tony Lewis, aka ‘Monsieur Levviiiss’ to the French, divides his time between his Slyne home and the South of France where he lives what many would descibe an idyllic life enjoying the simple pleasures of cycling and exploring the countryside in his faithful walking boots.
He and Ludmilla share their hamlet hideaway with an outspoken cockerel, three hens and an uninvited gathering of wild boar intent on destroying the garden.
Born the wrong side of four decades ago, Tony was in his 20s when he snuck off across the channel to France to see if their grass was greener.
He’s been there on-and-off for 20 years now – “possibly the longest day-return ticket ever”, he joked – and has filled his time as a windsurf instructor, big white van driver and a distribution manager for a self-drive camping company.
He now earns his keep with the walking and cycling company looking after holidaymakers, writing route and trail guides, and tinkering with bikes.
His first published novel was ‘If Only I Could Talk – A Canine Adventure’.
Tony says he’d like to thank all the readers out there for buying copies of his books.
“And thank you ever so much to those of you who have taken the time to write an honest and constructive review – your feedback really is massively appreciated.” he added.
You can find Tony’s latest book exclusively on Amazon as a paperback or on Kindle.
You can win a signed copy of ‘Tales from the Hilltop’ – details of how to enter in The Visitor and Lancaster Guardian newspapers.