------ 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.
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 lurkdarker 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 -
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Languedoc & Provence Sun N°54 (Winer 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.