To Prussia With Love

Misadventures in Rural East Germany

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £8.99
  • Publication date: 4 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781849531252

About the book

‘We-have-a-house-in-the-country?’

Lena nodded solemnly. 

‘Where?’ I almost shouted, briefly rattling the table. ‘No, wait, don’t tell me – it’s Todi in Umbria, right? The old manor house, the one with the lemon groves!’

‘Alt-Globnitz.’

‘Alt-Globnitz?’ Suddenly I felt cold.

‘Alt-Globnitz. It’s a really nice place. You will love it.’

In a desperate attempt to save his relationship with girlfriend Lena and take a break from the world of journalism, Germany correspondent Roger Boyes agrees to make a great escape from the easy urban lifestyle of Berlin and decamp to the countryside. Roger has hopes for southern Italy, but Lena has inherited a run-down old schloss in deepest, darkest Brandenburg.

Needing a form of income, they decide to set up a B & B with a British theme. Enter unhelpful Harry and his Trinidadian chef cousin, a mad Scot to advise them on re-branding Brandenburg, some suicidal frogs and a posse of mad tourists. It all culminates, naturally, in a cricket match between the Brits and the Germans on an old Russian minefield. Farce meets romance in this follow-up to the successful A Year in the Scheisse.

Reviews

'Put two Brits in a house in the country in rural Germany and let the fun and games begin!! A wonderful and hilarious tale of Roger and Lena trying to run a B&B in Brandenburg. Will bureaucracy defeat our intrepid pair? Can the German bratwurst defeat the English breakfast? Read on! You won't be disappointed!!'

Julie Knowles Waterstones' Bookseller

'Humorous but strange happenings... The book builds to a hilarious conclusion.'

The Journal on-line (journal of the Chartered Institute of Journalists)

'Put two Brits in a house in the country in rural Germany and let the fun and games begin!! A wonderful and hilarious tale of Roger and Lena trying to run a B&B in Brandenburg. Will bureaucracy defeat our intrepid pair? Can the German bratwurst defeat the English breakfast? Read on! You won't be disappointed!!'

Julie Knowles Waterstones' Bookseller

'… entertaining, fish-out-of-water memoir… humorous episodes… offbeat characters… Fans of true-life Adventures with a decidedly comic bent should enjoy this one very much.'

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