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Son of Serge Bastarde: Mayhem in the Antiques Markets of Rural France [Paperback]

John Dummer
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4 Jun 2012
'We sat and stared balefully at the walnut buffet. A rich customer had complained it was making strange noises in the night.It was around midnight and we strained our ears to hear, hardly daring to breathe. And there it was a kind of crunch, crunch, crunching sound.' John's life as a travelling brocanteur (antiques dealer) in rural France is decidedly less colourful as his unscrupulous yet affable partner in crime, Serge Bastarde, marries and decamps to Martinique. But, like a bad penny, Serge returns, his personal life in tatters. What follows is a madcap adventure which sees John being coerced into striking deals with the Romanian 'mafia¡', re-roofing a huge Basque house and getting trapped in a skip in the dead of night, while Serge rides an emotional roller coaster. Serge may be as faux as some of his antiques but, with John's help, he eventually strikes gold in this laugh-out-loud romp.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (4 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849531501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849531504
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What a delight it is to be invited back into the world of Serge Bastarde -- now with an equally roguish son in tow. From cupboards that crunch in the night, to the reasons why French people love floral china, this book is full of warmth, humour and colourful characters. John Dummer gives us a real insider glimpse into the world of the French antique markets. Don't go near one until you've read this book first!" (Karen Wheeler - best-selling author of Tout Sweet, Tout Allure and Tout Soul.)

"An amusing and well-observed romp through the brocantes of South-West France inhabited by a host of colourful characters -- a must for lovers of all things French. Lovejoy for Francophiles!" (Marc Allum - specialist on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.)

'I adore hunting through the French brocante markets and this book will certainly add a whole new dimension to the experience. An entertaining and enjoyable read for anyone interested in antiques or France.' (Judith Miller of Miller's Antiques Guides and Antiques Roadshow)

'This sequel to the entertaining Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette details further havoc in the life of a travelling antiques dealer in rural France.' (The Bookseller)

'the latest addition to the Serge Bastarde series… profiling a quieter life in rural Francer, and the mischief that occurs on a scarily regular basis!… hilarious… ' (St Christopher's Live Your Life e-zine)

'A light-hearted read that's perfect for summer, and for Francophiles, sequel to Serge Bastarde ate my Baguette. Antiques dealer Serge returns to his friends, this time with a new-found adult son. You know trouble's brewing when the narrator tell his wife, 'Trust me, I know what I'm doing… ' (BritMag)

'… his second book about the likeable rogue, Serge Bastarde. This time we go behind the scenes of brocantes, meeting several delightful characters - all willing to slit each other's throats for that one unique item! The atmosphere of rural France is captured beautifully and this would be an excellent holiday read or gift.' (Living France)

'The combination of some of the real characters of the market - think Allo, Allo meets Steptoe - and a mix of Anglos looking to make some readies is a recipe for brilliant escapades in Place du Marchés all over the south of France.' (Connexions France)

'They are a quirky lot in France… life is never dull! And John Dummer's latest book is testament to that! Following on from the successful Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette, it features Serge's bid to recover from a broken heart and the chaos which unfolds… It's a simple but hilarious tale.' (Burnley Express)

About the Author

Ex-blues drummer John Dummer has worked as a journalist, broadcaster, press officer and band manager. He lives in the Aquitaine region of France with his wife, Helen, and works as an antiques dealer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The son also ruses... 21 Sep 2012
Dummer's sequel to the quirky and very entertaining Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette delves further into the uncertain ducking and diving world of southern French brocante markets.
There's a famous story that recounts Mike and Bernie Winters' first appearance at the notorious Glasgow Empire where, after Mike's introductory clarinet solo turn, Bernie pokes his head round the curtains, prompting an audience member to howl: "Oh Christ, there's two of them!"
That may well have been Dummer's unvoiced reaction to the appearance of Serge's indolent, rap culture-loving son, Didier. In fact though, it is Serge himself who continues to be the main pivot throughout a second volume of picaresque adventure, vivid characterisation and occasional, heart-quickening dodginess; a Runyonesque combination in which the narrator is similarly, repeatedly and unwittingly embroiled.
Unlike so many English scribblers, living the French dream, Dummer doesn't sit by the pool, happily ruminating on the discrepancy in property prices between the English home counties and south west France. He is there to make a living and however far you may buy into the stories, you can at least be sure they are based on a fund of first hand, real life experiences that may well be unique among expats. A genuinely different angle and a lot of laughs.
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I read and greatly enjoyed Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette, John Dummer's first account of life as a brocanteur in rural France. Now he's come up with a worthy sequel, which recounts more bizarre adventures in the antiques trade, and takes up the story of the oddly-named Serge where the previous book left off. A little more serious than 'Baguette' (but none the worse for it - and it still has many laugh-out-loud moments) Son of Serge is another fascinating journey into the underbelly of South-West France, and it's stuffed with even more memorable characters: Lord Snooty, the faux-posh English dealer, 'Diddy' Bastarde, the even dodgier son of the dodgy Serge, Claudette the ancient but still charming lady of the night, to name but a handful. Well-written, easy to read, stuffed with fascinating detail, 'Son of Serge' deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who enjoys a slice of French life interwoven with memorable characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun and very light reading 10 July 2014
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Good fun and very light reading. Has annoying typos but for anyone loving this region of France it is a quick and enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant Read 16 Jun 2014
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I loved the book, great writer. Couldn't wait to read the book at bedtime.
Alas it finished all too soon. look forward to next one in series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 21 May 2014
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Ive only got part way through this but love it, the first one was good this promises just as much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encore! Brilliant! 1 Dec 2013
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The follow up to the brilliant 'Serge Bastard Ate My Baguette' finds us in the weird but wonderful world of the French brocanteur (antique dealer) and we meet the son of the wily Serge Bastarde. I made myself late a couple of times for work after reading in my lunch hour as I just couldn't put it down! John doesn't mind poking fun at himself, and certainly has a knack for bringing characters to life. When on holiday in France I have always loved poking around old stuff in junk shops and car-boots, and am now looking at vide-grenieres and brocantes with a different eye. What a brilliant community! Being more flea-market than posh-antique, and having enjoyed a bit of bin-diving now and again, I have also gained respect for big skips after reading this book! A laugh-out-loud book with some great characters. Can't wait for the next installment!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Oct 2013
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Read the first book and had to read this. Very amusing for anyone who knows the second hand game and is a francophile!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first one. 30 Sep 2013
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What a fabulous read, I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment and lapped up the sequel. It's one of those books that you can't stop reading, but with the dilemma of knowing it's going to end. I hope John has a follow up in the works as I am eagerly anticipating another one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad Serge is back!
It's wonderful to catch up with John Dummer and his adventures with the incorrigible Serge Bastarde again! I've missed him.
Published 10 months ago by Donna J. Betts
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab read! Couldn't put it down.
I loved it. Too me straight to France and the markets that I love. Great read. I strongly recommend it. Smashing!
Published 10 months ago by Josette Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars A Light but enjoyable read
For those that dream of living in France, this book will amuse you. It has so many amusing anecdotes so typical of french life. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Monty Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
As good as the fist one. Loved the combination of antiques, living in France and the various random people who appear. Highly recommended.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book about France.
If you are interested in France then this book will amuse you. I really enjoyed it. It is quite amusing and descriptive.
Published 11 months ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable biographical yarn
I really enjoyed this tale of antique dealing in France. It was well written and painted a good picture of life at the various brocante fairs. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Yewgrange
5.0 out of 5 stars great sequal
Another great read, full of humour but mixed with a little sadness along the way,all the main characters from the first book are here plus some great new ones to get to know,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Martin
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