Partout le Magasin
A Gentleman and his Butler in France
This is the official homepage for Partout le Magasin, the official
book of the diary of the tour of the Loire Valley.
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Partout le Magasin is the allegedly witty story of one man's travels
around France with his butler. It's a diary of sorts, explaining the
holiday from the point of view of both the gentleman, Ian 'N' Bentham esq.,
and his butler, Colin M. Frayn, esq. It is a rollercoaster of a ride,
physically, mentally and emotionally. It's a "warts and all"
fly-on-the-wall real-life documentary, following the exploits of two
quintessentially British gents on their first foreign holiday together as
they struggle to get to terms with the culture, the language, the food and
often each other.
This is the first book Ian and Colin have written together, but a sequel is
already planned. Sadly, Ian hasn't decided what it's going to be
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Most of this tale is true. Some of it is false. If any of it offends you,
then that was the bit that was false.
What the Critics Said
"It's OK. It's not exactly side-splittingly funny, but it does get better
as it goes on."
June Frayn, Mother
"It's alright I suppose. I only read the first chapter, but I think
you just use too many metaphors and try to be clever."
Peter Frayn, Brother
"Yeah, it's pretty funny. Let's get drunk and tour Rome."
Richard Massey, Astronomer and T.V. Personality
What the Critics Might Have Said
This is what a selection of critics might have said, were they ever to have
read Partout le Magasin.
"A fine work of great literary genius. Rather like a latter day Pepys,
but with more Croissants."
"Limited in its portrayal of human emotion and vulnerability."
"Thanks for the reference!"
"Too many long words, and no sex whatsoever."
"You call that a book?"
"We'd like to offer Mr. Bentham and Mr. Frayn the opportunity to present a
series of travel programmes on prime time television in order to showcase
their unique and refreshing intellectual brand of wit."
Director General of the B.B.C.
"Very interesting. Now tell me about your mother."
"There is only one thing worse than travelling round France with one's
butler, and that is not travelling round France with one's butler."
"What does partowt mean? Where's France?"
George W. Bush
"This means war!"
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