The Resurrection of Frederic Debreu
Following retirement, Ted Prescott from Derbyshire is seeking a peaceful year out in the French village of Mailliot le Bois with his long-suffering but devoted wife Daisy. He hopes to unravel the mystery of his long-vanished brother and enjoy the gentle rhythms of village life.
However when the mayor and other locals discover his authentic renditions of local French hero Frederic Debreu’s songs they decide he could put their slightly impoverished home back on the map.
Soon set up as shy French farm labourer Edouard Prescote, and performing to larger and larger crowds, to whom he cannot speak a word, Ted finds himself drawn into a web of well-intentioned deceit from which he finds it increasingly impossible to disentangle himself.
With his elusive brother remaining elusive and the hopes of an entire community riding on him, we soon discover that there are more important things that he hasn’t mentioned to his wife…
With a dash of H.E. Bates and glugs of Alexander McCall Smith, Alex Marsh’s clever and funny novel is both modern and timeless.
About the Author
Alex Marsh is a writer and author who has produced short columns for The Guardian, jokes for BBC Radio 4 and was a teenage columnist for ZX Spectrum Adventurer magazine. As a commercial copywriter, he has worked on everything from recruitment material for MI5 to advertising blurb for some of Britain’s best-selling board games.
Alex’s alter-ego blog Private Secret Diary achieved Internet fame with its comic 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 Frederic Debreu. He lives close to the North Norfolk coast.