I recently had the pleasure of meeting Chris Cutler, author of a brand-new novel entitled The Woman Who Found Herself which is based in the Périgord.


Two timelines,

one family


The Woman Who Found Herself is about the lives of two strong women separated by over half a century; Cathy living in 2003 and Esther living in 1943. Together with her family, Cathy moves to the Dordogne and a ghost in the house becomes the link between her and Esther’s story during the Second World War.

Chris moved to the Dordogne in 2015 and after running a successful ice cream business in the north of the department, retired last year. Retirement has allowed him to pursue his interest in local history and explore in more depth how different the Dordogne was like during the war, the French demarcation line and the role of the Resistance.

“From my research, I have gleaned lots of information from local inhabitants and it’s clear that politics are still very much alive here”, says Chris. “The ghost acts as a link to this period in history and has allowed me to fictionalise what I have learnt”.

Chris has self-published and is now focussing on getting the book translated into French while writing book number two. “The Woman Who Found Herself is the first in a series of The Cartwright Family Saga”, he says. “I wanted to explore different periods of French history and in subsequent books, readers will see the Cartwright family as they would have been in that period of history”. Readers won’t be disappointed as the sequel will also be set in the Dordogne.

I haven’t had chance to read The Woman Who Found Herself yet but it is on my bedside pile of books to read over the holiday period. Look out for the review on www.dordogne-life.com in the new year.

The Woman Who Found Herself is available to buy on Amazon or you can pop in to Eymet Le Livre bookshop in Eymet. Alternatively, contact Chris direct.

Contact details:

Chris Cutler +33 (0) 6 31 82 91 44