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October 7, 2006
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The Accidental Renovator, by Barbara Biggs (Sly Ink, $29.95):

Aussie author Barbara Biggs continues to recount the story of her life in this latest book.

While she had a truly awful start to life, being sold to a paedophile at the age of 14 and being admitted to a psychiatric hospital two years later, Biggs overcame her early challenges to become a happy, successful woman.

Her first two books cover her life from teen years to 40. This one finds our heroine in Paris, where she accidentally buys an apartment. As you do.

What follows is a comedy of errors involving a grumpy Aussie builder, confusing French bureaucracy, good friends, truly strange strangers and a bath to end all baths.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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