A House Sitter's Tale
Author Carol Duval
Illustrator Amanda Asplund
Trying Lives: A House Sitter's Tale is a gently humorous travel memoir about trying out different lifestyles, mainly through house sitting and swapping.
Not quite ready to settle in any particular place, Carol and Richard Duval set out to find ways of travelling cheaply and sustainably.
But they also wanted enough time to explore what other people in other places considered to be the good life. Were there universal principles underpinning how to live well — or badly?
Whether caring for a friendly duck in Australia’s hippy country or a dusty dog in Spain’s olive groves; renovating a crumbling château in France or (nearly) joining the church choir in an English village, their efforts were repaid in spades. The good life, though fragile, could be found anywhere.
Readers will find plenty of tips on trying this way of travelling, what to look out for and importantly, what to avoid.