A prize-winning author Garry McDougall brings a fresh new collection of stories from France and Spain. He casts his eye over its colourful towns including Albi, Aigues Mortes and Pont St Espirit. He draws inspiration from each town's weird, violent and peculiar histories including real and reimagined évents. These towns shape their people.
His style is colourful, intense and full of vivid images, like:
'I am pilgrim to Nogaro, north of Pau, south of Brive, east of the Atlantic, west of Shanghai beer. Watching TV Rugby in southern France, it's Pau v Brive; thirty men wrestling in the mud, rucking, mucking and mauling merrily, the thirty-first man blowing his whistle for no apparent reason. With glass still cold, tobacco fumes scrummaging my clothes, it's the all-round ambience of a wet and cold afternoon, surrounded by viewers defeated, seeking solace in artificial turf and forty-seven channels from the rain.
Sip my beer. Turn my back to the large screen in 'Le Progress' bar, and wonder.'
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