------ 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°53 (Autumn 2014)
Well, I think that’s it. The sun cream has ﬁnally given its last breath, my loyal ﬂip-ﬂops have ended up in the recycling bin and the children are off to school. I guess we are back to normal life and believe it or not, it is time to think about… Christmas! Oh noooo I’ll hear you scream, but as we are now quarterly, this issue will cover October, November and December – three months packed with ideas of things to do, visit, drink and eat.
We are always happy to welcome new contributors, but we are truly spoilt this time. Rachel Baker, journalist, food writer and now proud inhabitant of Apt, has joined the ranks (p10 & 32), and so has author Janice Macdonald (p12), who will follow for the next 12 months the inside life of a wine domain for us. We also welcome on board Richard Simpson-Birks (p15). And I’m sure you will carry on enjoying our regular contributors Bernice Clark (p8), Janice Lert (p6), Camille Vourc'h (p29) and Caren Trafford (p22), who has kindly donated books for our fantastic kids drawing competition (p28).
Enjoy the falling leaves, the chestnuts, the early nights by the ﬁre with a good book, and when you feel ready to think about it, have a lovely Christmas...
Carole Rommene, Editor