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The Chase [Paperback]

Lorna Fergusson
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12 Jun 2013
‘This is a haunting book, skilfully written and tantalisingly unravelled. Lorna Fergusson weaves a vivid but dark tale set in the beautiful Dordogne, where past and present fuse in a page-turning mystery. I could go back to this again and again.’ ALISON WEIR, best-selling novelist and historian

DAPHNE DU MAURIER meets JOANNE HARRIS in this richly evocative drama with a Gothic edge.

Revised edition: previously published by Bloomsbury

SYNOPSIS

Le Sanglier: an old house buried deep in the woods of the Dordogne, a region steeped in dark history.

Gerald Feldwick buys Le Sanglier as a refuge. He tells his wife Netty that in France they can start afresh – they can escape the unbearable pain of the event that has fractured their marriage. He tells her they can put the past behind them.

Netty is not so sure.

Netty is right.

The Chase – the past will hunt you down

REVIEWS

‘The Chase tells a disturbing story with great vividness … A remarkable achievement’ TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

‘Beautiful, accomplished and original … Lorna Fergusson describes [rural France] beautifully and manages a large cast of believable characters with great skill.’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Lorna Fergusson has a natural gift for telling a story – think of Daphne du Maurier … Splendid … it has the power to catch the reader up in the rush of the narrative.’ SCOTSMAN

‘Steeped in the atmosphere, history and excitement of France … It is very definitely the sort of book that is difficult to put down.’ LIVING FRANCE

‘Superbly written, ambitious in scope, morally complex, emotionally challenging, this is a real page-turner’ LINDA GILLARD, novelist

‘Partly a wry look at England’s love-hate relationship with its closest neighbour and partly a thriller with Gothic overtones, it is also a novel about the impossibility of escape from one’s past. … Richly peopled with a variety of recognisable characters, this novel is a treat from start to finish.’ SALLY ZIGMOND, novelist

Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fictionfire Press (12 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957647417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957647411
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lorna Fergusson was born in Scotland and lives in Oxford with her husband and two sons. She runs the Fictionfire Literary Consultancy and for many years has also taught creative writing, including on behalf of the University of Winchester's Writers' Conference and for Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education's various writing programmes. Her novel 'The Chase' was first published by Bloomsbury and she has now republished it on Kindle and as a paperback. She has won an Ian St James Award, been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize, was a finalist in the Historical Novel Society's short story prize 2012 and is currently one of the four shortlisted writers for Pan Macmillan's Write Now Prize with her unpublished children's novel 'Hinterland'.

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Book Description

‘This is a haunting book, skilfully written and tantalisingly unravelled. Lorna Fergusson weaves a vivid but dark tale set in the beautiful Dordogne, where past and present fuse in a page-turning mystery. I could go back to this again and again.’ ALISON WEIR, best-selling novelist and historian

DAPHNE DU MAURIER meets JOANNE HARRIS in this richly evocative drama with a Gothic edge.

Revised edition: previously published by Bloomsbury

SYNOPSIS

Le Sanglier: an old house buried deep in the woods of the Dordogne, a region steeped in dark history.

Gerald Feldwick buys Le Sanglier as a refuge. He tells his wife Netty that in France they can start afresh – they can escape the unbearable pain of the event that has fractured their marriage. He tells her they can put the past behind them.

Netty is not so sure.

Netty is right.

The Chase – the past will hunt you down --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Praise for The Chase, by Lorna Ferguson
"Lorna Ferguson describes [rural France] beautifully and manages a cast of believable characters with great skill. An accomplished and original first novel." Sunday Telegraph

"The Chase tells a disturbing story with great vividness… A remarkable achievement both intellectually and artistically" Times Literary Supplement

"Lorna Ferguson shows a real ability to write the romantic novel of action and daydreams and nightmares. Take it at a gallop and it is splendid holiday reading."

Scotsman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
The Chase is a powerful - often terrifying - and deeply moving account of the devastating impact of grief and guilt on a pair of lives. In Netty and Gerald Feldwick, Lorna Fergusson has created a couple who struggle, increasingly distant from each other, to make sense of a random and imperfect world, against the vivid background of a lush, mysterious landscape, 'the cradle of mankind' - where the ancient tussle between male and female, the hunter and the nurturing mother, continues to play out its endless game. A compelling and gripping narrative, dense with poetic observation, this is a book to treasure and read again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My book of the year 2 Nov 2011
By Alba52
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As we're already in November, I think it's a safe bet to say THE CHASE is my book of 2011. Superbly written, ambitious in scope, morally complex, emotionally challenging, this is a real page-turner. In her hugely entertaining debut novel, Fergusson's large cast of British and French characters are sharply and convincingly delineated and in dialogue each character has his/her own voice. Humour gives way to horror as the veneer of ex-pat middle-class gentility is stripped away in the wild, unforgiving (and unforgetting) landscape of the Dordogne. (Note to TV companies: this would make a terrific mini-series.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hunt this book down and buy it! 20 July 2004
Format:Paperback
I finished this book on the train this morning and was quite upset when there was no more to read. It is a good story that also leaves you with lots to think about afterwards. Apart from that, it is beautifully written; not just because of the evocative descriptions of the area, but because of all the the well drawn and interesting characters. I found myself really caring about them all, not just Netty and Gerald the central couple.
In a nutshell: I loved The Chase, and will be looking out for any other books by this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Darkness over the Dordogne 29 Jun 2012
By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I bought this book the year after I and my partner had a wonderful week's holiday in the Perigord Vert, where this novel is set, largely because I wanted a novel that would remind me of that region of France. And indeed Fergusson writes exquisitely about the Perigord: the landscape, the history, the food, the people (a strange mixture of wealthy ex-pat Brits, working farmers, wealthy French townspeople escaping to country retreats and retired academics). But I have to confess I didn't enjoy the principal story - I found it very upsetting and more than a little melodramatic.

Gerald and Netty Feldwick have left Oxford (where Gerald ran a boiler company) after the death of their little son Danny, killed by a child molester (Danny was a late child - they also have two adult children). They come to France to seek refuge in an old manor, Le Sanglier, in the heart of the Dordogne. But Netty cannot settle - she misses her home, is convinced the house is haunted, and cannot connect to her husband. Gerald meanwhile seeks relief in drinking, becoming friendly with the local 'Hooray Henry' Peter Rettlesham-Carey, and toying with the idea of going shooting with the locals (in the end his courage fails him). He also, on a business trip back home, begins a dalliance which predictably leads to trouble.. As Netty and Gerald try to get used to life at Le Sanglier, and try to make friends: with Peter Rettlesham-Carey, with the aristocratic Lady of the Manor Claudine Bellenger, and, in Netty's case, with a retired Cambridge professor, Rutherford (Fred) Appleby, the dark history of their home begins to get to them more and more, and their pent-up emotions to become wilder, leading to a terrifying conclusion.

Fergusson certainly can write, and make you want to keep reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written but heavy going. 7 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"The Chase" is one of those novels that has a very ethereal quality to it which wont necessarily be be to everyones taste.

What struck me was how well written and richly researched the novel is, without particularly enjoying the whole package. Certainly a good book and deals with some challenging issues which are well handled, but it had a mysteriously aloof feel to the characters and a slow narrative which wasnt really for me.

Very much for the connoisseur and aficionado of slightly downbeat tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 14 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a beautifully written, brilliant book. I did not think that it would be my kind of book as I normally avoid 'dark' books, but I found I could not put it down. I was immediately drawn in by the characters and setting and was completely carried along by the twists and turns of the very clever narrative. Lorna touches on a lot of sensitive issues in the book, which I found challenged my own perceptions of those topics. I have now recommended it to my book group. I am sure it will generate an excellent discussion and I'll get to read it again!
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I was hooked on this novel from page 1. I enjoyed the layering of history of that strange region. France is full of unfinished business and its past is literally under one's feet. The author's work is full of an underlying menace which is a welcome antidote to "Chocolat." I can't recommend it highly enough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Menacing gothic tale. 11 Aug 2014
By Louisa
Format:Paperback
I didn't easily take to the main characters and wondered if I'd ever become sympathetic towards them. I also wondered whether this was deliberate and if the author intended such a reaction from the reader. Was I supposed to find them infuriating? Were they intended to begin as caracatures who gained more depth as the story deepened and darkened?
It was the wonderful descriptions of the Dordogne and the tragic subject matter, so deftly handled that drew me in and kept me reading; as well as the mystery of how the past blended with the present.
I think that this is a very brave novel and I admire the story telling. I'd like to read more by Lorna Ferguson. Once I'd become involved in the narrative I found it to be a real page turner and I'm glad that I persisted with it.
I'm not sure how to feel about the ending, yet I liked the afterword.
There was something incomplete about my overall experience of reading this book. I liked the recurring themes of male and female and the hunter and the hunted. I think I would have liked to see them developed further in relation to the main storyline and its links with the past. I'd have liked to have been left with a sense of the future, for example had the characters in the present learnt enough to make change possible? I also felt that something very important was missing. Hope.
Ultimately there was something astonishingly original about this book. It was thought provoking and at times difficult to read, as it tackled such a challenging subject matter. I like a book that stimulates me mentally and emotionally and this one certainly did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted and brooding tale of the Dordogne.
It has long been an idyll among Britons to escape the borders of their kingdom. To follow the sun perhaps - typically buy a small place on the Med. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RoyMcC
5.0 out of 5 stars A Year in the Dordogne
Lorna Fergusson's The Chase is a complex, dark and sometimes claustrophobic story of a couple whose dysfunctional marriage is way past its sell-by date. Read more
Published 13 months ago by turnerpage
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
Enjoyed this book about France and the interesting characters who move there from Oxford. Will definitely look out for more books from this author.
Published 13 months ago by Foodie Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Starts very well with interesting plot line and potentially interesting characters. found it a little pretentious at times with excessive "wordiness" and some unnecessary... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and disturbing
With ex-pats, it's all too often not so much a matter of what they're going to but what they're running from and that's the case in Fergusson's compelling slow burn of a book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by John Harding - Author
5.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye ...
I really enjoyed The Chase. The story of Netty and Gerald was compelling and well paced – a dark tale of grief, loss and the complexity of human relationships. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Katherine
4.0 out of 5 stars The Chase was a good read and especially interesting if you live in...
I didnt fully understand the references to the history of the French location but am reading it again to get the significance. Read more
Published 16 months ago by rosemary
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and compelling - I couldn't put it down.
Gerald has taken wife Netty to live in France in the hope that they can find a way to escape the memories of an horrific experience suffered in their home town of Oxford. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Keatsbabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric page turner
I loved The Chase - couldn't put it down! I thought the atmosphere of the Perigord was conjured up really successfully, and felt I was transported to France by this book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ruth Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Family, Friends, Expectations, Ex-Pat Life With A Thread Of The...
Since I'm planning a trip to the Dordogne region this summer this book caught my attention. Although it's a novel rather than a travel book I anticipated that it would give me a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dianne Trimble
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