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Son of Serge Bastarde: Mayhem in the Antiques Markets of Rural France by [Dummer, John]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 896 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd (8 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008A220XU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thoroughly enjoyed this - as much as I did the first of these books. A lovely account of expat life in the south-west of France, full of gentle humour, entertaining escapades, and engaging characters - not all of them necessarily lovable but always with at least something to redeem them. Dummer comes across as a warm, self-effacing type, and you could easily imagine sitting out under that French sun as he recounts some of these tales on a break from his antiques stall at a small-town market. The ending hints that there are plenty more of these tales to come, which is a good thing; I'd love to see some stories from the author's earlier life in the music business, too, if he's ever at a loose end!
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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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I enjoy reading almost any book about France and the French and this one was no exception. I enjoyed reading about the exploits of this character (I wonder if his name is real?) and how the author got drawn into them, unwittingly on some occasions. I am looking foward to reading the second volume of this series and expect it will be as amusing as the first one.Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette: On the Road in the Real Rural France: On the Road in Real Rural France
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A very good read, this book is the sequel to 'Serge Bastarde ate my baguette', although it does stand alone, I feel it best to read the two books in order. At times very funny and at times quite touching. Just the thing if you love France and are missing it.
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This book was so funny as was the first one. I hope there's more from John Dummer. Having lived and worked in France and also holidayed many times in France, I could identify with so many things. Unputdownable.
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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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I throughly enjoyed Serge Bastarde At My Baguette and was therefore thrilled to hear there was a sequel. I was not disapointed, the further adventures of Serge and his side-kick John Dummer were most enjoyable and I couldn't put it down.

I really hope we get to hear more adventures of these pair of brocanteurs, if you go to flea markets or boot sales as the British call them then this book and the previous one are for you.
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