September 6, 2018 posted by Unity Wellington

AFTERGLOW: Parallel Lives: Four Seasons In The French Pyrenees by Jennifer Andrewes

AFTERGLOW: Parallel Lives: Four Seasons In The French Pyrenees by Jennifer Andrewes

Wednesday 5th September –

Wellington readers harbouring dreams of absconding to fairer climes got a taste of life in the Aude region of France this Wednesday night as Unity Books welcomed Jennifer Andrewes to launch her memoir Parallel Lives: Four Seasons In The French Pyrenees.

Jennifer was joined by the book’s editor Renée Lang to introduce the book. Renée praised Jennifer’s can-do attitude in independently publishing the book and thanked her for an easy editorial job. On hand to officially launch the book was president of Alliance Française in NZ, Adrienne Bushell. Adrienne was full of admiration for (and, she admitted, perhaps a touch jealous of) Jennifer’s move to France and said she looked forward to sharing some French conversation with all of the family.

Jennifer shared with the assembled crowd of friends, family and other readers, stories of how her family’s move across the world, and her book, came to be. From discovering she was pregnant on the night of booking the flights to France, to accidentally publishing the blog which became the book, every serendipitous step of Jennifer’s journey seemed to echo the locals of her adopted home of Aude in their maxim that ‘everyone in Aude is here for a reason’.


Renée Lang, editor of Parallel Lives

Adrienne Bushell president of Alliance Française NZ

Jennifer Andrewes, for those not yet acquainted with her writing, proved herself a natural storyteller

Dreaming of France on a very wet Wellington evening

‘A delightful book’, delightfully told and sold.

Book signing is fun!


Parallel Lives: Four Seasons In The French Pyrenees is available in store and online now.

You can read Jennifer’s blog on her life in France at

Words and pictures by John Duke

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