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David Crackanthorpe

David Crackanthorpe was born in Cumbria, educated at Oxford, and is author of five novels, including prize-winning Stolen Marches and a biography, Hubert Crackanthorpe & English Realism in the 1890’s. He is married to a grandaughter of the writer John Buchan and lives in southern France.


stolen_MarchesStolen Marches

As a student in France during World War II, Steven Seagrave risked his life for the Resistance. When the war was over Steven set out to find someone he once rescued - with blackmail as his only weapon Steven begins to play a dangerous game.

"For a first novel this book was stunning. It's believable storyline transported the reader to occupied France in the war years as seen through the eyes and experiences of the hero himself. It depicted the conflicts of individuals and communities and described most evocatively the areas involved and the feelings experienced by its main characters. The easy narrative flowed beautifully keeping the reader interested until the end with the love affair subplot. A most moving, well written novel that I was sorry to have to finish."

Horsemen Ride By

Marseilles, 1975. Bernard Vipont is a successful lawyer, but beneath his bourgeois surface Horsemen_ride_bylurkdarker passions. His father having been killed by collaborators during the war, he has been waging a clandestine campaign of retribution ever since, reappropriating art treasures stolen from Jews. But when he discovers a stolen masterpiece in a monastery, he may have stumbled into a maze of deceit and betrayal that even his ingenuity cannot extricate him from. A maze that seems curiously linked to his other obsession - the sexual fixation that forces him to enact a bizarre ritual in Madame Gazhakian's high-class brothel.

This Time the Flames

Briony West has grown up in the shadow of her father - an impressive man whose past as a missionary in Rhodesia has always been a mystery to her. But one day she discovers the secret that has haunted him for years - whilst in Africa, he fathered a son by an African woman. Matthew is now a young man and, despite his missionary education and light skin, he and his mother are part of a population controlled by a European colonial society. Shocked by the conditions she imagines her half-brother to face, in 1939 Briony decides to travel to Africa with the hope of advancing him in the world. But her arrival coincides with political unrest and she soon finds that her hopes for reconciliation are hanging by a thread in the midst of a country torn apart by war.


The Ravenglass Line

May Ricardo is a vivacious widow of grand passions and expensive tastes. But the shipping line that once supported her lifestyle is now in decline, and one of her sons, Hugh, who runs it, can no longer afford to hide the truth. Her reckless spending has increased dramatically since she fell under the spell of a new lover - the sinister Hungarian chancer Charlie Seker -


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


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