January 2019 book reviews

Connexion journalists read the latest French releases. To be fair, each gets 20 minutes’ reading time

Are you the foie gras correspondent?

Chris Bockman, Matador, £13.99 ISBN: 978-1788034-654

There are plenty of books about Britons who have moved to France and done up a rural property – but while this one seems to be another one at first, it gives quite a different take. Bockman moved to set up a press agency in Toulouse, despite warnings that there would not be enough to write about. This is a memoir of a working life through the lens of quirky or dramatic tales that proved the naysayers wrong.

He first thought there might be more to the area than met the eye when a visit to a local gendarmerie showed a ‘double homicide’ on a map of recent crimes (though the duty officer ‘couldn’t remember’ if they had caught the killer). Many jobs ended up more ‘frivolous’, such as tracking down the holiday home of former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten to find his dogs which had become famous after he could not bring them back to the UK due to ...

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