------ 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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The sun is out, bank holidays are in, we all want to go and explore, although this can sometimes be ruined by the dreaded mistral (p14). But let’s not spoil things. How about a visit to St Jean du Fos (p20) or if you’re feeling more urban, a nice shopping day in Avignon with a healthy tea break (p23) or a visit to an art gallery in Nîmes? (p17) If you’re feeling extra energetic like me, how about entering the Pont du Gard race on 30 June to raise money for a fantastic local charity? Also in this issue, the remarkable story of a simulated space mission by Claire (p18) and a very funny article by Bernice on her pathological inability (or so she says) to learn languages (p22).