Author: John Dummer
Dimensions: 129 x 198
Number of pages: 272
Publication Date: 4th June 2012Buy Book
We sat and stared balefully at the walnut buffet. A rich customer had complained it was ‘making strange noises in the night.’ It was around midnight and we strained our ears to hear, hardly daring to breathe. And there it was – a kind of crunch, crunch, crunching sound.
John’s life as a travelling brocanteur (antiques dealer) in rural France is decidedly less colourful after his unscrupulous yet aff able partner in crime, Serge Bastarde, marries and decamps to Martinique. But, like a bad penny, Serge returns, his personal life in tatters. What follows is a madcap adventure which sees John being coerced into striking deals with the Romanian ‘mafia’, re-roofing a huge Basque house and getting trapped in a skip in the dead of night, while Serge rides an emotional roller coaster.
Serge may be as faux as some of his antiques but, with John’s help, he eventually strikes gold in this laugh-out-loud romp.
‘I adore hunting through the French brocante markets and this book will certainly add a whole new dimension to the experience. An entertaining and enjoyable read for anyone interested in antiques or France.’
Judith Miller of Miller's Antiques Guides and Antiques Roadshow
'What a delight it is to be invited back into the world of Serge Bastarde -- now with an equally roguish son in tow. From cupboards that crunch in the night, to the reasons why French people love floral china, this book is full of warmth, humour and colourful characters. John Dummer gives us a real insider glimpse into the world of the French antique markets. Don't go near one until you've read this book!'
Karen Wheeler - best-selling author of Tout Sweet, Tout Allure and Tout Soul.
'An amusing and well-observed romp through the brocantes of South-West France inhabited by a host of colourful characters -- a must for lovers of all things French. Lovejoy for Francophiles!'
Marc Allum - specialist on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.
‘This sequel to the entertaining Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette details further havoc in the life of a travelling antiques dealer in rural France.’
‘the latest addition to the Serge Bastarde series… profiling a quieter life in rural Francer, and the mischief that occurs on a scarily regular basis!… hilarious… ’
‘A light-hearted read that’s perfect for summer, and for Francophiles, sequel to Serge Bastarde ate my Baguette. Antiques dealer Serge returns to his friends, this time with a new-found adult...
'… his second book about the likeable rogue, Serge Bastarde. This time we go behind the scenes of brocantes, meeting several delightful characters – all willing to slit each other’s...
‘The combination of some of the real characters of the market – think Allo, Allo meets Steptoe – and a mix of Anglos looking to make some readies is a...
‘They are a quirky lot in France… life is never dull! And John Dummer’s latest book is testament to that! Following on from the successful Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette,...