Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog

Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £8.99
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781849532389

About the book

There is a moment every morning when the countryside takes a pause. The birds stop singing, the dogs choke back their barks, and cats pause mid-stride. Everything waits. It’s in this vacuum that a man working alone has the best chance of finding truffles. The plot of land was perfect, just what they’d been looking for, offering expansive views across the valley and within walking distance of the local village. There was only one small problem, there was no house. And yet the land was affordable and came, the agent promised, with a possible income from a copse of truffle oaks. Just after the birth of their first daughter, after leaving the London rat race behind, here was a chance for Jamie and his wife to finally realise their dream of owning a property. With one final salivating glance at the oak trees the decision was made. All they needed now was a dog. And their quest to find and train a truffle dog turns out to be as full of hidden discoveries as a truffle hunt itself.

With delicious humour and superb storytelling, Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog is sure to delight anyone who loves dogs, food and rural France.


'The best relocation book I have read and a smashing book by any standards. No condescension, no mysticism, just a robust response to the realities. Well plotted, with humour, characters and jeopardy. It kept me up half the night.'

Terry Darlington, author of Narrow Dog to Carcasonne

'Warmth, sunshine, lavender, baking bread, garlic, pastis, Gauloises - and, of course, truffles. The scents and flavours of Provence waft and spill from every delicious page. Read it and salivate.'

Antony Woodward, author of The Garden in the Clouds and Propellerhead

'Jamie's evocative writing always makes me hungry!'

Olly Smith, television presenter and wine expert

'A great read. This entertaining story of truffles, healthcare and building a la française had me engaged and laughing out loud.'

Caro Feely, author of Grape Expectations

'Jamie Ivey's evocative descriptions of the characters, food and wines of Provence in Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog are often so vividly seductive that I was honestly tempted - as a vegetarian alcoholic sworn off the booze - to return to eating savoury meat dishes and quaffing rosé wine. I think I'll pass on the steak tartare though! A brilliant read, highly recommended.'

John Dummer, author of Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette

'This is a great and humorous adventure of relocating to a foreign land and the realities of French bureaucracy ready to crush a mad Englishman's dreams!!'

Julie Knowles Waterstones' Bookseller

'their tale is by turns laugh-out-loud and poignant.'

French Property News

'a charming story.'

Destination France

'I laughed out loud and wept with them. From the descriptions of markets, recipes and food, one can practically smell the garlic, herbs and truffles.'

Townswoman magazine

'Jamie has a talent for infusing each character with such life that you feel as if you've known them forever… Beautifully narrated, with writing as crisp and cool as a glass of Jamie's favourite rosé, Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog is the perfect escape from a bleak winter's day, and the titular truffle dog is the perfect companion.'