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Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette: On the Road in the Real Rural France Paperback – 3 Aug 2009
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'Well written and set at an engaging pace... easy-to-read humorous account of one man's expat dream... is an enjoyable read.' --Featured in Living Abroad Magazine, August 2009 issue.
charming and wonderful, hilarious from start to finish... Fun Fun Read!! --Julie of Waterstone's Lancaster, August 2009
`Yes, Serge Bastarde is his real name: he's a rogueish French brocanteur... Highjinks in rural Aquitaine ensue.'
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It was here that he met the charismatic Serge, who in his inimitable way; teaches our John the ins and outs of the Brocanteur, flea market trader to you. Serge is without doubt a Rouge with a capital `R'. Content to pose as a local official to extract valuables from unsuspecting punters. He also has no scruples when setting up our gullible John as the patsy for his nefarious shenanigans. The story of the Stradivarius brought tears to my eyes.
This book is a real page-turner, which I finished in no time and I really hope there will be a sequel in the not too distant future. If you've read and enjoyed the books by Stephen Clarke then this one is definitely for you. If you haven't then this is a great place to start reading about the adventures of ex pats in France.
I will cheerfully devour any books about living in France and hope to make the move myself in 2013.
Unlike many authors of this genre, John Dummer does not show his characters in a patronising light. His descriptions of some of the more shady members of the trade is spot on.
Good effort and now to get hold of "Son of Serge Bastarde"
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