------ Bill DALY
Bill Daly is Scottish and he and his wife, Jane, came to live in the Montpellier area 14 years ago. His first published novel, The Pheasant Plucker, is a fast-paced, contemporary spy thriller where most of the action takes place in and around Montpellier, the plot being a compelling blend of humour, political intrigue and romance. This novel was selected by the University of Montpellier in 2007 as the compulsory text for the course in "Langues Etrangères Appliquées" and it's on sale in Book in Bar and Sauramps in Montpellier, Le Bookshop in Beziers and in Carnet de Bord at Nîmes airport.
THE BOOK :
The Pheasant Plucker
"The book is an exciting gallop, with the action spread across Scotland, London, the south of France, Paris and Yorkshire. The plot involves spies, terrorists, smuggling, pornography, a naive hero, a sexy heroine and lots of twists. I thought it was going to be a page-turner, and indeed it is, but I noticed a couple of jokes in the first few pages, so I had to read a little more slowly than usual, in case I missed any of the (mostly excellent) puns and bon mots that are liberally scattered through the book.
First novels are said to be autobiographical in which case if you are ever in Montpellier keep a lookout for a red-headed James Bond-wannabe Scotsman in an Irish Pub, drinking Guinness and telling jokes to his attractive wife.
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Languedoc & Provence Sun N°54 (Winter 2015)
It’s been 10 years since the ﬁrst issue of Languedoc Sun was published, time does ﬂy! Life has changed a lot for me in that time: I started with two toddlers; I now have stroppy teenagers, which can only mean one thing: that I am an old creep as far as they’re concerned.
I have learnt a lot over the years and I have been lucky to meet some wonderful people along the way, starting with our lovely editors Wendy, Ed, Jacquie, Laura, Elisabeth, Angela & now Carole. Life has changed a lot for them too and I like to think that the magazine may have helped them to experience positive things.
Thanks to Languedoc Sun, I’ve shared a lot of people’s passion and had some fabulous experiences. This magazine gave my life a meaning when I moved back to France. It has opened my eyes and helped me to appreciate this world and the wide variety of people within it. I must admit I feel a little protective of it, as if it were my baby and I know the rest of my wonderful team feels the same. I’d like to express a warm thank you to Carole, Vincent, Griet, Caroline our webmaster and Yvonnick our treasurer for the great work they do, as well as to all our excellent contributors who help us to be what we are. And of course to our advertisers who carry on trusting us.
Each time someone send me an article which I can then share with you all, it’s magic...
Thanks for all your support and lovely letters during these 10 years. I wish you all a Happy New Year.
Long life to Languedoc & Provence Sun.