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Book Title: Broke the Grape's Joy|
The author of the book: Patrick Hilyer
Date of issue: November 2011
ISBN 13: 9781465928122
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English widow, Jean Valeix, is the owner of a vineyard in the French wine village of Saint-Emilion. But her cherished château is struggling to sell its produce. A handful of people - among them a charming middle-aged Scotsman, a jaw-droppingly beautiful girl and a talented autistic boy - will change her life completely. But not all her visitors are who they claim to be. All she needs to do is find out who's telling the truth, save her business from bankruptcy and solve a murder. Only then might she discover that sometimes even good things come in threes.
Viticulture and poetry, mental health and murder all tumble, along with the cabernets and merlots, into the fermenting vat of this dark but uplifting novel.
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Read information about the authorPatrick Hilyer, author of the award-winning wine travel guide French Vineyards, lives and works in Normandy, France.
"For the first ten years of life in rural France we ran a small restaurant called Le Délice. My wife was the chef de cuisine and I did all the non-skilled work...
In 2008 I got a publishing deal with the guidebook publishers Alastair Sawday's for a book on the French wine regions called French Vineyards. I've since published two novels: The Grape's Joy and A Devil in the Grape. Now I'm working on the third book in the series and a book about our experiences in the French restaurant trade.
I have a typically ambivalent relationship with my adopted country: I adore the French landscape, the ancient architecture, the fine food and wine; I can't abide the bureaucracy or the way my neighbours drive. As in every other country I've ever visited (including Great Britain) the people are, on the whole, very nice. I invariably regard my glass as being half full.
I don't write like Elmore Leonard or James Elroy, and for that I offer no apologies.
I enjoy all good writing. One of my earliest literary memories goes back to when I was three or four, listening to my mother reading "The Outing" by Dylan Thomas. I've enjoyed lyrical prose ever since. My favourite crime-writers are Donna Leon, Michael Dibdin and Thomas Harris.
I imagine myself writing like Julian Barnes, drinking like Tennessee Williams and living like Ernest Hemingway; then reach for my pipe and slippers and a hot cup of cocoa.
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