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Writer William Caldicott's life is complicated enough. He is about to embark on divorce proceedings when he receives a cryptic letter of farewell from his estranged brother James together with the key to his house in a remote French village.

William --- out of exasperation, duty or self-dissatisfaction --- accepts the key and begins to look for James. Gradually, as he begin
Paperback, 277 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1992)
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From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Dirk Bogarde reads his adapted novel, set in Provence

Quite boring, NEXT!!! Thanks for the advice Bettie.
Oct 10, 2009 Rebecca rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
CRUD! UTTER CRUD! Bah and fie! Bogarde's attempt to create a sense of mystery about the protagonist's missing brother is woeful, frankly I get a greater sense of mystery walking to the fridge and wondering if there's enough milk left for breakfast! His protagonist is a narcissistic looser who narrates in a manner similar to an home insurer cataloguing the items of a home, he simply describes each room he enters smack bang in your face, an example:

"Three windows in the south wall, none in the no
Aug 02, 2010 Bettie☯ rated it did not like it
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Jan 09, 2016 Surina Suhaimi rated it it was amazing
This was a really nice read which took me to the French countryside in an instance.
I have to admit, it's the 1st Dirk Bogarde that I've not enjoyed. The author did the reading and he sounded tired and bored.
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Oct 30, 2013 Jane Wilson-Howarth rated it liked it
An easy effortless enjoyable read with some absolutely lovely descriptive passages on the Provincal countryside, the birds and whatnot.
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Dirk Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde was born of mixed Flemish, Dutch and Scottish ancestry, and baptised on 30 October 1921 at St. Mary's Church, Kilburn. His father, Ulric van den Bogaerde (born in Perry Barr, Birmingham; 1892–1972), was the art editor of The Times and his mother, Margaret Niven (1898–1980), was a former actress. He attended University College School, the former Allan ...more
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