------ 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°52 (July-August-September 2014)
You may have noticed that this issue covers the months of July, August and September. After much debate, discussions and sleepless nights, we have decided that the best way forward for Languedoc & Provence SUN would be to become a quarterly publication. In practice, this means that the magazine will now be published four times a year instead of six, each issue covering 3 months.
The main objective of the magazine has always been to provide quality articles and content about our region and its many attributes. Going quarterly will give us more time to research potential articles, interview interesting people, meet new contributors and gather topical and useful information for you our readers.
This new version will have more pages than the previous one, allowing us to increase the content of each issue, giving you more reading material in one piece.
You may have become familiar with our regular contributors, who do a fantastic job. I take this opportunity to thank them warmly for their valuable input and great imagination, whatever the topic. If you have a little bit of spare time occasionally and share our love of writing, I’m always on the lookout for good quality articles about our area: it could just be your own story, or the portrait of someone you know, a beautiful place, an interesting festival. Whatever the idea, let
me know about it, our next contributor could be you!
If you have any comments or suggestions, you can always email me. In the meantime, I hope you keep on reading the magazine; the kind comments we receive always make all the hard work worthwhile. Have a nice holiday!
Carole Rommene, Editor