Happy Publication Day to Alex Marsh and RedDoor Publishing…..

Publisher: RedDoor Publishing (5th May 2016)

4/5*

First of all, many thanks to RedDoor Publishing for my paperback advance review copy of The Resurrection of Frederic Debreu.

Ted Prescott and his wife Daisy are living in Mailliot le Bois, temporarily, before settling down to their retirement back in Derbyshire. Ted desperately wants to know what happened to his brother, who hasn’t been in touch for years. He’s also keeping a secret from Daisy, regarding their son, David. How long can he get away with not telling her the truth? I really warmed to Ted and Daisy, although I found Daisy to be quite harsh on Ted sometimes. I felt she was there for his sake, to let him get it out of his system, but didn’t much care for the place herself which is a shame because it sounds lovely. A small, close knit town with a relaxed pace of life, strong sense of community and plenty of red wine. What’s not to like?

Ted is a massive fan of Frederic Debreu and when the locals discover his talent for singing his songs he is soon roped in to more than he is comfortable with and again finds himself keeping it all from Daisy, knowing she wouldn’t approve.

The Resurrection of Frederic Debreu is an easy, light-hearted read, but very well written. It’s full of fabulous, larger than life characters, who are instantly likeable and very amusing, but it also has it’s share of sadness.

The Resurrection of Frederic Debreu is released today (5th May 2016) and you can buy your copy HERE

Description –

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 Frederic 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 ‘Edouard Prescote’. 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…

Reviews

‘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’ –Neil Forsyth

‘Joyously-written, a warm and poignant tale that sits effortlessly in the grand tradition of British comic novels.’ –Saul Wordsworth

‘Smart and funny – I love Alex Marsh’s writing. It makes me laugh, think and wish I live in England.’ –Jill Twiss, staff writer, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’

About the Author

Born in Essex, Alex’s first writing job was as a teenage columnist for ZX Spectrum Adventurer magazine. Since then he’s written short columns for The Guardian, jokes for BBC Radio and articles for one of the UK’s biggest satirical news sites. As a commercial copywriter he has worked on everything from recruitment material for MI5 to advertising blurb for some of Britain’s best-loved board games.Alex’s alter-ego blog Private Secret Diary achieved Internet fame with its eccentric 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 Frédéric Debreu.

He lives in Norfolk.

You can visit Alex Marsh’s Amazon author page HERE

 

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