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Son of Serge Bastarde

Son of Serge Bastarde

Author: John Dummer
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The roguish Serge Bastarde teaches John the tricks of the French antique trade--a must for Francophiles

We sat and stared balefully at the walnut buffet. A rich customer had complained it was "making strange noises in the night." It was around midnight and we strained our ears to hear, hardly daring to breathe. And there it was--a kind of crunch, crunch, crunching sound.

John's life as a traveling brocanteur (antiques dealer) in rural France is decidedly less colorful after his unscrupulous yet affable partner in crime, Serge Bastarde, marries and decamps to Martinique. But, like a bad penny, Serge returns, his personal life in tatters. What follows is a madcap adventure in which John is coerced into striking deals with the Romanian "mafia," reroofing a huge Basque house, and getting trapped in a skip in the dead of night, while Serge rides an emotional roller coaster. Serge may be as faux as some of his antiques but, with John's help, he eventually strikes gold in this laugh-out-loud romp.

"What a delight it is to be invited back into the world of Serge Bastarde -- now with an equally roguish son in tow. From cupboards that crunch in the night, to the reasons why French people love floral china, this book is full of warmth, humour and colourful characters. John Dummer gives us a real insider glimpse into the world of the French antique markets. Don't go near one until you've read this book first!" -- Karen Wheeler - best-selling author of Tout Sweet, Tout Allure and Tout Soul. "An amusing and well-observed romp through the brocantes of South-West France inhabited by a host of colourful characters -- a must for lovers of all things French. Lovejoy for Francophiles!" -- Marc Allum - specialist on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. 'I adore hunting through the French brocante markets and this book will certainly add a whole new dimension to the experience. An entertaining and enjoyable read for anyone interested in antiques or France.' -- Judith Miller of Miller's Antiques Guides and Antiques Roadshow 'This sequel to the entertaining Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette details further havoc in the life of a travelling antiques dealer in rural France.' The Bookseller
Author description
Ex-blues drummer John Dummer has worked as a journalist, broadcaster, press officer and band manager. He lives in the Aquitaine region of France with his wife, Helen, and works as an antiques dealer.
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General Fields

  • : 9781849531504
  • : Summersdale Publishers
  • : Summersdale Publishers
  • : June 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 129x198mm
  • : John Dummer
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 944.0841092
  • : 320