'Well-told, funny and full of expertly drawn characters. A classic outsider's journey and a knowing examination of man s need to rage against the dying of the light'
Who wants a respectable retirement, anyway?
Not Ted Prescott, genial visitor to Mailliot le Bois, here on an impulsive mission to seek out his past whilst heroically diminishing the sleepy French town's stocks of red wine.
But once the locals discover Ted's authentic renditions of regional hero Frédéric Debreu's songs, life is suddenly not so straightforward for the stage-shy Derbyshire guitar-maker.
Reluctantly persuaded that he might help put their town back on the map, Ted finds himself billed as humble French farm labourer Édouard Prescôte . Nonplussed as his self-conscious performances strike a chord, Ted finds himself drawn into a web of well-intentioned deceit that he finds increasingly hard to unravel.
Haunted by the loss of his missing brother, and with the hopes of an entire community riding on him, it soon becomes clear that there are other, more important things that he hasn't mentioned to his loved ones...
With a dash of H.E. Bates and hearty glugs of Alexander McCall Smith, Alex Marsh's clever and funny novel is both modern and timeless; unforgettable characters and humour laced with heartbreak make this a big, boozy hug for readers everywhere.
About the author
Alex Marsh is a writer and author who has produced short columns for The Guardian, jokes for BBC Radio 4 and was a teenage columnist for ZX Spectrum Adventurer magazine. As a commercial copywriter, he has worked on everything from recruitment material for MI5 to advertising blurb for some of Britain’s best-selling board games.
Alex’s alter-ego blog Private Secret Diary achieved Internet fame with its comic snapshots of English rural life and formed the backdrop to his first book, Sex and Bowls and Rock and Roll; his love of the music of Georges Brassens and Jake Thackray was the inspiration for The Resurrection of Frederic Debreu. He lives close to the North Norfolk coast.