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“A de­lec­ta­ble feast of the French lan­guage” is how chef Ray­mond Blanc sums up Le Mot Juste, a book that cel­e­brates the art of the French lan­guage with a charm­ing col­lec­tion of words and phrases. Ac­com­pa­nied by pretty il­lus­tra­tions, the 150 words and phrases are di­vided into dif­fer­ent sec­tions such as ‘The French Way’, which cov­ers use­ful id­ioms in­clud­ing avoir la pêche (to be in high spir­its) and faire la grasse mat­inée (to have a lie in), while in ‘Liv­ing Life to the Full’ you’ll learn to mangez bien, riez sou­vent, aimez beau­coup (eat well, laugh of­ten, love abun­dantly) and that la vie est trop courte pour boire du mau­vais vin (life is too short to drink bad wine). Drop any of th­ese into con­ver­sa­tion and you’re sure to im­press tout le monde with your French lan­guage skills. Le Mot Juste Imo­gen Fortes, £9.99, Michael O’Mara Books mom­

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