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L'auberge (Fogas Chronicles) [Hardcover]

Julia Stagg
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Book Description

14 April 2011 Fogas Chronicles

The small commune of Fogas in the French Pyrenees has been thrown into turmoil by the revelation that the Auberge des Deux Vallées has been bought by an English couple and not by the Mayor's brother-in-law as had been expected. With everyone aghast at the idea of an English run restaurant and the certainty of gastronomic disasters, Mayor Serge Papon is in the mood to take revenge. Within hours of hearing the news, he has called an emergency Committee meeting and his machinations to force out the new owners have begun.

But the Mayor hasn't reckoned on one of his deputies, Christian Dupuy, whose conscience always leads his politics. Refusing to condone Mayor Papon's calls to compulsory purchase of the Auberge, he proposes an alternative solution which will prevent the Mayor from getting his own way. Or will it . . .

Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144470821X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444708219
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,475,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born with a wanderlust that keeps her moving, Julia Stagg has followed her restless feet to Japan, Australia, the USA and France. She has spent the majority of her time as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language but has also dabbled in bookselling, pawnbroking, waitressing and was once 'checkout-chick' of the month at a supermarket in South Australia.

In 2004, a love of cycling and the mountains, combined with a strange desire to take on a business she knew nothing about, saw her move to the Ariège-Pyrenees region of France with her husband. For the next six years they ran a small Auberge and restaurant, learnt French the hard way and discovered that they could spend lots of time together without killing each other. Over the years running the Auberge, the inhabitants of Fogas began to shape themselves in her mind. While Julia was hanging out yet another load of washing, Annie Estaque would lean over and rasp in her ear, warning about a change in the weather. While she was frantically trying to prepare food for twenty, Christian Dupuy would be in the background grumbling about his mother's inability to produce a meal for two. And as she served pastis to tourists at the bar, Mayor Serge Papon would be watching with a sharp eye as he drained his own glass of the opaque liquid.

Before long their stories began to take form and in between hectic summer seasons, Julia managed to sneak the time to get them down on paper. And in doing so, the commune of Fogas came to life, inhabited by people who are purely fictional but dominated by a stunning landscape that is grounded in fact.

For more information about Julia Stagg and her books, visit www.jstagg.com or follow Julia on Twitter @juliastagg.

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Following in the footsteps of "Chocolat", this is an ideal holiday read. (www.beachtomato.com)

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Les Anglais are in the kitchen and the French are up in arms

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story 29 July 2011
By Mrs. PJ Taylor VINE VOICE
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Two English people decide to chuck it all in and run a B&B in France - absolutely the dream of just about every disillusioned middle class British professional. It's slightly weird: there's a ghost in the local shop.

Our heroes have to overcome financial difficulties plus the entanglements of local power politics.

The countryside and people are lovingly described by someone who clearly knows the area well. This is sweet, funny and has a happy ending. Works for me!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clochemerle meets Candleford 31 May 2011
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
What a delight this book is.
It is rare to find a genuinely funny & moving book that keeps you (in my case) rapidly turning each page & ignoring familial demands, because I really wanted to know what would happen next !
Julia Stagg has produced a novel that is not only great fun....the running joke about poor French cooking is a delight, with a punch line to die for !( I don't want to spoil it for other readers ); but is also moving ,without mawkish sentiment.
The cast of characters is a joyful mix of the naive (the English), the unintelligably wise (Annie) & hissably Machiavellian(the Mayor).
My only complaint, & it's HUGE, is , that this book only covers the first 3 months of ownership of the Auberge. All I can say is Ms Stagg needs to write the sequel quickly, because I'm already suffering from Fougas withdrawal symptoms.
This has the potential to be a series which will run, & run. And if the BBC or ITV are looking for their next big thing, they could do worse than look at this.
I've already lost my Vine copy of this book...my mother ran off with it, & I've ordered 3 copies to give as present's . Yes, I really do think it's THAT good.....Enjoy...I did
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting amusing read. 10 Sep 2011
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A lovely light hearted book. I found this easy to read, amusing, and absorbing. If you have ever stayed in France, you might recognise some aspects, though naturally the characters are larger than life and perhaps stereotyped. They are, in the main, wonderful down to earth characters with no guile or hang ups about the world in general. The main exception is the mayor, who is the villain of the peace, but actually perhaps.... I cannot say too much without giving away the plot!
I could see the auberge, the garden, the door, the bedrooms, everything as it was described.
I liked it for it's portrayal of French village life, for its descriptions, for the characters and because it is such a light, uplifting read, which nevertheless is perceptive of character and has some surprises up its sleeve!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars L'Auberge 7 Jun 2011
By R. Gardner VINE VOICE
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Firstly I really enjoyed this book, similiar to a Year in Provence or the Chris Stewart Books 'The ALmond Bloosom Appreciation Society' in that an English couple try to start up a restaurant/Inn in a small mountain village, but in this case the local Mayor tries to prevent this happening and shut them down, also how the locals come to their rescue and the story around that happening. There is a lot of nice humour and the characters are nicely fleshed out, You obviously know how it's going to end, but, it's fun getting there..The author gauges the pace nicely and we feel a connection with the locals as they appear in the story. A nice light read and suitable for anyone, easy to dip into with a lot of pleasant humour and the occasional outright laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, easy reading 21 May 2013
By Redrose
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A very good "story", quite obviously based on real experiences ? which having lived in rural France and run a business there , I could relate to almost everything in this book . The ups and downs of moving abroad , the difficulties with the French and their adminstrative systems, the "power "of the local Mayor, the most unfortunate anti British feeling from some French people... the generosity and kindness of others, all outlined by nice little stories within the main story.
A very well written and interesting book , I hope for a follow up on how the Brits are doing running their Auberge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle insight into French village life. 11 Aug 2011
By Herbie Green VINE VOICE
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A good book, easy to read, but well written and fun. A gentle insight into french village life in the Pyrenees.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars l'Auberge 11 July 2011
By Mr. B. W. Haynes VINE VOICE
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When an English couple manage to buy a run down restaurant in a small French town under the noses of some interested local parties, it seems that it can only end in tears; but for whom? As the couple stuggle to open the business they gather unexpected friends and support along the way.
On the whole an unchallenging story that would make a pleasant holiday read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming French Auberge 6 July 2011
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This is a very charming book. It is pretty well written and carried me along to the end. The story revolves around two English people who have bought a dilapidated auberge in a small french village. While many people are delighted to welcome the English couple, some have plans for the Auberge themselves including the mayor. Although there is an initial impression that resistance to the English is due to the fact that they are English and will be terrible cooks, the author reasonably quickly moves one on to understand that the motivations are much more complex than that.....

If you to know detail - read the book!

One warmed to most of the characters and the author had an extra little twist in the story that, while really not necessary to make this a good read, was funny and poignant at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT Reading Laugh!
Published 29 days ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Light read
Great refreshing easy read whilst going thru a series of surgery,good to pick up and put down when very tired
Published 1 month ago by elainejones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Rosie
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Reading this book I was back in France -great story gentle and easy reading great for holiday read or to get into the mood before travelling to France
Published 3 months ago by Rosalind E. Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
There is a great difference between books that are light, and those that are lightweight. Julia Stagg has completely mastered the art of light fiction, with this series of books... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joan Cecil
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
A must read that I could not put down - you feel that you are there in the book with the characters!! :)
Published 4 months ago by Twecolynne
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the others in the series, the descriptions are wonderful and the characters interesting and warm.
Published 4 months ago by Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars a fabuolous read
A great read thoroughly enjoyed. More please. Very believable, not at all pretentious. Shows how great the French can be when treated with respect. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gwyneth Holley
5.0 out of 5 stars Francophile
I love France and this book is about real France, but it is also funny and heartwarming. Buy it and read it - you will like it!
Published 6 months ago by B. E. Myerscough
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so typical :)
I chose this book because I wanted at long last to read some 'French' fiction after having read so many French real life books following our move here permanently 6 years ago. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Bastian
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