Lauragais procure beaucoup de plaisir...la précision du récit historique et de la description des lieux et des personnages s’accompagnent d’une vue d’ensemble et d’une réflexion vraiment profondes.
by Bernard Jean
All too often descriptions of little known parts of France are dry, skimped works that tell you more about the writer than the place itself. Not this one.
I know this region well, but this book reveals much that will enhance my appreciation of the people who live here and the culture they treasure as only the French can!
If you live here, or plan to visit the Lauragais, this is for you. If you are one of millions who speed through at maximum revs . . . take the first turning off the motorway once you leave Toulouse and treat yourself to the real France.
by Jonathan Veale
Very good book. Loved the characters and world building! There were a few moments where I found the story to be moving a long a little slow, but they definitely didn't last very long. Definitely a to-buy!
by Alicia Mann
The subject was very interesting. This book tells the story of a region of France whose history is really the history of Europe. The author, whose work was new to me, writes in an extremely engaging way. I really enjoyed this and was very glad I took a chance on it. Highly recommend to history readers or anyone interested in Europe.
by Thomas Lambe
A well written and researched book that encourages you to follow the author on his adventures (both real and sometimes imagined) through the centuries of modern day "Lauragais". He adopts a very lucid style, helpful for the non native English speaker.
Once you get through the initial chapters of historical facts, it settles into a leisurely journey full of fascinating insights that captures your imagination and interest right to the very end.
It would be helpful to know something of the French language, which sadly I don't.
A must for anyone connected to the area.
by Keith John Taylor
An unusual first book from this author. Unusual in that he skillfully draws together a fascinating mix of history and travel in a very readable and well researched narrative to take the reader with him on a journey exploring the past and present through a little known area of SW France. From the endless bloody religious wars fought over this land, to the more romantic story of the Troubadours, of the ubiquitous Pastel dye and the Canal du Midi ; to the deeds of the French Resistance during the German occupation in the second world war. All this makes for compelling reading. Certainly worth a place on anyone's bookshelf.
A new author of whom we shall surely hear more .
by Aan Keith
My life-long passion is France - its language, its culture and its history. I first discovered the Lauragais twenty years ago when I was looking to buy a French home in a more peaceful area than Provence. Since then I have been exploring this magical land by plane, car, bicycle, horse and my own two feet.
The more I learned and the more I read about the Lauragais, the more I realised that although much has been written about its history in French, there is virtually nothing in English. So I decided to write a book to tell the story of a land which, in times gone by, rarely escaped the attentions of the great and the good, or the ambitious and the avaricious. Luckily I have made many friends whose roots in the Lauragais are much deeper and much older than my own, and they helped me bring the past back to life.
Why do I think the Lauragais is so special? Visiting my website will give you a clue; reading my book will give you the full answer!
Before devoting myself to writing, my career included spells as a naval officer, management consultant and business owner.