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*** Author Fredrik Nath was 'highly commended' in the Yeovil Literary Prize for his novel "Galdir: A Slave's Tale". ***

Nazi-occupied Aquitaine, 1943:
François Dufy, alcoholic and alone, is dragged into the war effort when he rescues a young Jewish girl from the Nazi Security Police. She breathes life into his world and gives him a reason to go on.

Dufy begins a path of re
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Paperback, 314 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Fingerpress
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Lili
Nov 18, 2012 Lili rated it it was amazing
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Farewell to Bergerac is an exceptionally well written story. A letter arrives informing M. Duffy of heart breaking news; his son Jean Paul is dead, killed fighting the Fascists in Spain. Thus, begins François Dufy’s journey.
The German Occupation in Vichy France is well advanced; the town drunk in Bergerac is not who he seems and the Partisan’s fight for the freedom of France against the Nazis is just beginning. This is an emotional story, portrayed convincingly, the fear, terror and anxieties ar
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Trully Sunee
Oct 03, 2012 Trully Sunee rated it it was amazing
Francois Dufy is given disturbing news through the mail. In Farewell Bergerac, He didn't plan for his world to change but it did. He has lost so much and didn't expect either of his major losses. He feels guilt and a heavy burden as he tries to continue life but can't cope. He finally opened up a little to someone-who,when he returned from a grave site had to bury this person he had just opened up to. Once again he had to let someone go. The only thing giving him comfort was his alcohol in ...more
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Oct 03, 2012 Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves) rated it really liked it
It's 1937 during the Spanish Civil War and Francois has just been notified that his son has died fighting the Fascist Rebels. On his way to visit his son's grave he meets Alma who has also experienced pain and suffering due to the war. On his way back through the small town that he met Alma in, he watches the town become bombed and destroyed.

Francois tries to keep to himself while making money selling game that he has gone out and shot. He hides behind his reputation as a town drunk to insure n
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Neil Spark
Jun 04, 2016 Neil Spark rated it really liked it
Occupied France was a tense, dangerous and threatening place. Fredrik Nath portrays it well and in Farewell the main character, a disillusioned and depressed schoolteacher turned Resistance fighter, François Dufy, spends the second half of the novel trying to evade capture.
His journey to where he is has been fraught with tragedy. Those closest to him have been killed and he descends into an existence of self-pity and heavy drinking. He loses his job and becomes the town drunk.
A Jewish girl, Rac
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Avi
Apr 25, 2014 Avi rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, this author has a great gift of letting your imagination picture exactly what's going on and as it's set in a time period I like reading about, that made it all the more enjoyable. It's fiction, so not everything is accurate ie/ locations etc but I didn't feel that mattered at all.
The reason it has 4 stars from me and not 5 is because I loved his other book called the cyclist just a little bit more :)
Rose C Mazur
May 12, 2015 Rose C Mazur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

Could not put it down. Also read the cyclist another very good read
.well written and believable. Plan to read more of his books.
Graham W Yates
Feb 21, 2016 Graham W Yates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A five star book

A good read you want to go on forever but you read it faster because you want to know the end.
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Fredrik Nath is a full time neurosurgeon. He lives in the northeast of England with his wife and daughter, his three sons having grown up and flown the coop. In his time, he has run twenty consecutive Great North Run half-marathons, trekked to 6000m in Nepal, crossed the highest mountain pass in the world and began writing, like John Buchan, "because he ran out of penny-novels to read and felt he ...more
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