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Adam Thorpe turns away from fiction for this beautifully written account of his life in the foothills of the Cévennes mountains where the author and his family moved 25 years ago. Partly a memoir, the book is also a reflection on the past and the traces it leaves on us and on the landscape. A fascinating exploration of the area, the book draws on the many legends and characters Thorpe has encountered in France.
Notes from the Cévennes, Adam Thorpe, Bloomsbury, £16.99