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The Cook, the Rat & the Heretic: Living in the Shadow of Rennes-le-Chateau

3.06  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A humorous travelogue full of conspiracy theorists and loony treasure hunters in south-west France Hugo Soskin, son of best-selling author on Rennes-le-Château Henry Lincoln, has no time for the French Pyrenean village and its mysteries. He is fed up with the whole subject of how a nineteenth-century priest came to be a millionaire overnight and why he built so many bizarr ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Summersdale (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jo Danilo
May 14, 2011 Jo Danilo rated it it was ok
I was in the Blue Apples cafe, Rennes Le Chateau, when the Twin Towers fell in New York. Which puts me almost on a level pegging with the amount of times the author (son of Holy Blood Holy Grail writer) visits Rennes Le Chateau during this odd tale.

To be fair, the subtitle is 'in the shadow of...'. It is just a shame that, instead of making this book into a funny working-abroad-experience with no mention of Rennes, the author spends a long time explaining why he wants nothing to do with the pla
Soskin has a plan to travel all through France and into Spain in his camper van, and being a fan of all things camper van is why I picked the book up in the first place.

On the way through France he stops of a a school friends new business venture, a campsite just outside Rennes Le Chateau. He has some history with this location, it being the the subject of his father, Henry Lincoln, co author of The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail. On the campsite they get roped in to helping more and more and dec
Nov 05, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Absolutely hilarious! One of the funniest books I've ever read. I'm a huge fan of "Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail" by Christopher Dawes, in which Dawes and punk rock legend Rat Scabies travel southern France on a tongue-in-cheek "quest" for the Holy Grail and spend a week on a coach tour of supposedly holy and esoteric sights with Hugo Soskin and his father, Henry Lincoln. "The Cook, The Rat & The Heretic" is Hugo's side of the story started by Dawes.
I highly recommend both this book and Da
Juliette Morris Williams
Jul 07, 2009 Juliette Morris Williams rated it really liked it
Hugo's sense of humor really makes this book. Review in one long sentence: A very funny (autobiographical) story of the life of a cook working for a very lively campground in the shadow of Rennes-le-Chateau. :)

Hugo Soskin is Henry Lincoln's son, but I mention this only because it is part of the story.

Hugo makes it very clear from the beginning that he does NOT present himself as "Henry Lincoln's son", but as himself. But the adventures had in and around Rennes le Chateau, whether or not Henry
Nov 12, 2011 Emma rated it did not like it
Shelves: dumped
Eeek! This was real bad. Tourist trinket trap par excellance!
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