New book of short stories now out

My new book of seven short stories is now out for the kindle

Seven short stories of people facing choices or who have made choices that have consequences. 

"Friends Reunited?" is about the unexpected consequences of joining a website 
"The Visitation" tells of a preachers strange message. 
In "Julie's Revenge" we discover how Julie gets back at the woman who stole her husband. 
"The Church Cat" is a fable. 
"The Sister's Letter" is an intimate letter from a younger woman to her elder sister about her solution for a troublesome husband. 
"The Gift" tells of a strange encounter 
"The Boy who only saw Screens" is about the choices parents make when they bring up a child 

Capcir Spring - new cover

New cover 
I wasn't ecstatic about the last one...    
I think this is much better.

Free promotion

This book of short stories is on a free promotion at Amazon 
from Thursday 12th September to Sunday 15th September 2013 - your chance to download it to your kindle for free......

Price cut....

From the 1st September 2013 Capcir Spring - the romantic adventure set in the French mountains - is available as a download for a specially reduced price £0.77  or  $0.99
Download your copy today.

UK link to download...

.com  US link to download

Free ebook

My book "Tales of mystery and magic" will be on a free promotion on Amazon from 15th - 19th August 2013

After that time it will revert to the former price....

book review - “The diary of a frazzled mother” by Julia Frazzleby

This is not a genre that I normally read but I finished and enjoyed this book.
This book in diary form describes the pressures of life for a middle class family where two incomes are needed to support a menagerie of animals and dependent children.
It is written by the frazzled wife who takes responsibility for everything. The husband is a shadowy figure who takes little part in parenting or family life – perhaps he is just needed to provide the dosh to keep the whole show on the road!
In parts it was a very funny book and there were several places where I laughed out loud.
Other parts were alien to my experience: I never tweet, I text rarely and couldn't imaging why anyone would want alpacas, sheep, pigs cats, dogs and horses as pets! I am sure I would have been frazzled too if I had taken on looking after this zoo whilst holding down a full time job and having responsibility for an elderly parent suffering from dementia as well as a teen with issues at school.
A few of the numerous incidents portrayed may have been extremely funny for those there at the time as they dissolved in fits of giggles however they aren't necessarily as amusing in a written account. The author uses acronyms for all the protagonists, such as SIL for sister in law, but there were so many of these that I found this literary device overused. The awful sister in law is so dreadful that she becomes an unbelievable figure of fun and I was cheering on the teens as they found ways to humiliate her.
It is a good example of its genre and there are many incidents that working parents who juggle many responsibilities will recognise. 

Book Review The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

This is an amazing book, very well written and poignant, that tells of a young man from Pakistan who wins a scholarship to Princeton and then gets a prestigious job in New York. Set against the backdrop of “9/11” his career as an analyst, discovering the fundamentals about companies, makes him reflect more widely on America, the new world he has entered and the old world he left behind. It leads him to a crisis and the rejection of the new world that he had initially embraced.

It is a subtle and insightful critique of the USA and the post 9/11 foreign policy viewed from a sympathetic observer from another culture.

The story is also about boundaries and relationships as there is a parallel personal narrative of his friendship and love of a beautiful, but troubled young American woman.

It is a very short book and I found the unusual style of telling the story a little annoying at first but I was impressed by the ambiguity of the ending.

One of my favourite quotations from the book is - "Such journeys have convinced me that it is not always possible to restore one's boundaries after they have been blurred and made permeable by a relationship: try as we might, we cannot reconstitute ourselves as the autonomous beings we previously imagined ourselves to be. Something of us is now outside, and something of the outside is now within us."

New cover design for Capcir spring

Here are the three new covers I am piloting for Capcir Spring..

What do you think?
I have made my choice and It is now live on Amazon!

Book review THE BOOK OF WHY by Nicholas Montemarano

This novel is about Eric, the broken author of motivational self help books. Eric has made a fortune by telling people that that can do anything they want if they have a positive attitude and believe it possible. He is broken because, despite all that he has written and the inspirational lectures he has given, he could not stop his beloved wife from dying.

He retires from the world and lives in a remote cottage in Martha's Vineyard with only his wife's old German shepherd dog, Ralph, for company. There he is found by Sam, a woman who has read all his books and believes all he taught. Yet she too is battling problems of her own. Together they begin a journey that is a search for meaning. He tries unsuccessfully to write his next book which addresses the “why” question. This is the real question that Eric and Sam and struggling to answer, namely why is it that when people do all the right things crap still happens?

The book is dark journey through the sub-conscious emotions of desire, love and guilt. The plot is not straightforward and in places confusing and the ending is ambiguous. The characters are not very likeable but become understandable. The book explores the vacuous hype peddled by motivational life coaches and comes to the conclusion that theologians have long known that suffering is a mystery and the things that happen can afflict good and bad people alike. (theodicy?)

For me one of the best parts of the book was the loving portrayal of the dog Ralph who is a constant feature through Eric's life: courtship, marriage and widowhood. At the end of the book the old dog dies and I was left wondering how Eric will live without Ralph. But that is part of the ambiguity of the ending.

Website news

I have a new author website. This has some information about me and my books with direct links to where they can be obtained. 

It is called " Jean de Beurre - Author "

You can find it here

Just read this book Matchbox Memories by Ray Kingfisher

Matchbox Memories is the story of an ordinary family with secrets. Ian has to leave his wife and young boys in the south east to go to Cumbria to look after the Aunt who brought him up while his uncle is in hospital. They have been Ian's parents since he was orphaned at five years old but he has never called them Mum and Dad. His mother is now suffering from Alzheimer's and needs constant supervision. Ian's siblings each have difficult situations in their own lives which they have been keeping secret from the rest of the family. As Ian lives with his mother for a week, caring for her while his father is in hospital, he learns much more about her and in moments of lucidity she hints at secrets from the past that he never knew.

The book is well written as it develops each member of the family as a rounded character. It deals sensitively and humorously with Alzheimer's and the bizarre behaviour and conversations that can take place, especially the continuous repetition of the same questions. Yet throughout this the author always treats the sufferer of the condition with dignity and respect. Ray Kingfisher must have either direct experience of living with Alzheimer's patients or has studied his subject carefully because this is one of the most perceptive fictional accounts that I have read. It accords with my experience of those with the condition and their carers. He portrays accurately the difficulties of being a carer of someone with serious memory loss. Alzheimer's could be a depressing subject matter but this is an uplifting book.

The novel has a moral about the importance of being open in family relationships because of the power of secrets to undermine trust. At the end of the novel the family members reveal to each other the hidden parts of their lives. There is a feeling of release of tension as they each begin to understand the burdens that the others had been carrying alone. There were so many secrets to emerge that I half wished for one member of the family who was not hiding a guilty secret!

It is a very enjoyable read with a warm bitter-sweet humour running through it. I recommend it highly.

Click here to buy this book on Amazon

You can get your copy of my book "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK  Thank you

Book review - An invisible sign of my own by Aimee Bender

Review  An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender

This is a well written book with a lovely prose style but the plot is unbelievable and the characters are either not likeable or completely weird.

Mona, the main protagonist is a confused and withdrawn twenty year old who takes solace in numbers. Her relationships with other adults is difficult. Her father became ill when she was ten and since then she has withdrawn more and more from life.  She becomes a primary maths teacher and this novel tells of her experiences with the children and the way she reacts to their needs and how she is challenged and changes as a result.

Mona is hired to be a primary school maths teacher. She has no teaching qualification but has always had a thing for numbers. Perhaps this could happen in the US but most countries expect teachers to be college trained!  She doesn't act rationally and does silly things. I thought the most stupid was taking an axe into her classroom to represent a number “7”. She hung it on her wall which of course led to it being in the hands of a child in a tantrum with disastrous results.

Instead of being sympathetic to Mona I found myself getting annoyed with her for her irrational and incomprehensible behaviour. She shows signs of mental disturbance by knocking on wood in time to her breathing when she gets stressed and by eating soap.  Her next door neighbour is a former maths teacher who now runs a hardware store. He too has a strange relationship with numbers and is also mentally unbalanced.

Fiction is an opportunity to work out how other peoples minds work from the inside. This can work really well and offer unique insights into very different perspectives on the world. Perhaps the best example of this is “The curious incident of the dog in the night time” where the world is seen through the eyes of a person with autism. Unfortunately, I didn't find it worked here, perhaps because the plot was weak and confusing. Also I found the ending to the book unsatisfying as it didn't come to an end but stopped without a resolution. I didn't like the book but others have given it good reviews, so perhaps it was just me!

Jean de Beurre

You can get your copy of my book "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK  Thank you

A review of a book I read recently

Book Review

Salmon fishing in the Lebanon” was Paul Torday's first novel that is now also a film. Since then he has been prolific. He has produced interesting, well-written and often comical whilst moving fiction. His latest novel "The light shining in the forest" is no exception, though it is much darker than the previous novels and covers the uncomfortable ground of child abduction, murder and the supernatural.

The main character in the story is Norman, a minor bureaucrat, who has risen through the ranks by playing the system to become the Regional Children's Commissioner (designate) for the North East. Due to political manoeuvring, this new post has been created but policy changes in Whitehall have meant that nothing has been done to give the post-holder a role. As a result he is left on his own with a job title, large salary, and an office with secretary but has nothing to do. Also crucial to the story is the local trainee reporter, Willie, who is desperate to move beyond the parochialism of a local newspaper and become a real investigative journalist. The book conveys an oppressive description of the remote border lands of the Kielder Forest in Northumberland.

Torday gives a critique of much child protection practice and the whole safeguarding industry that has grown up to protect children. The character Norman shows how someone can be very efficient in social work at tick box exercises but have never have anything to do with actual real children! In this sense the book is a critique of our contemporary society's attitude to child protection that sees the only way to counter evil  to be through bureaucracy. The argument goes that evil will not be possible if there are enough checks and procedures to safeguard against it but this book shows that evil can always a way through the most dense bureaucracy.

The novel also has a political dimension as a key element of the plot depends upon the Home Secretary not wanting to lose face through admitting what has happened in secret. He wants to be seen as a clean politician so he can be next prime minister.

There is also a supernatural element to the novel. Some of the major characters have pseudo-religious visions, and hear voices which are totally inexplicable to other characters in the book. They end up being regarded by them as insane. Several of the characters in the book have names of characters from the Christian bible but these are mostly ambiguous to the plot.

The plot has a believable villain (a socio-path who is probably also on the autistic spectrum) whose viewpoint and actions seem very logical in his own mind.

There are two weakness in this novel. The first is the weak characterisation. The lost boy's mother, Mary, disappears from the narrative almost as if the author didn't know what to do with her. Pippa, the leading female in the story is very much a one-dimensional character who never develops. We end the book knowing very little about her despite the crucial part she plays in key parts of the narrative. Secondly, the book suffers from some confusion as there are many points of view. The result is that at certain points dramatic interest is diminished.

Overall this is an excellent, imaginative and compelling story. The middle section especially is particularly gripping. Towards the end I became very annoyed with the establishment and their attempts to manipulate the outcome. After the climax there are still over forty pages in which the author tidies up the loose ends. The very different style to Torday's previous novels may alienate some readers who've got used to the cosy if somewhat manic environment that he created with the more loveable characters there. This is a much darker place and the events that unfold are also much more serious. Child abduction is a particularly nasty, painful subject and overall it is explored with sensitivity. Adding a supernatural element to this confuses the genre of the fiction and could give the reader emotional overload! However, I believe that the book could make a very good film.
Click here to buy the book on Amazon Five Tales of Mystery and Magic - Coffee time short stories eBook: Jean de Beurre: Kindle Store

You can get your copy of my novel "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK  Thank you

A drabble

I learnt what a drabble is last week. Here is a definition:

"A drabble is an extremely short work of fiction of exactly one hundred words in length, not necessarily including the title. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space."

I thought I must try and here is my first effort - exactly 100 words of course....

Mike Middleton was anxious every full moon. Ever since kindergarten he had believed that strange and often unpleasant things happened then. He looked out of the window of his flat at the round white globe shining in the cloudless sky.
The empty street below was oblivious to his lonely vigil except for one elderly figure in the shadows. His weary eyes in a skull like face were fixed on Mike, silhouetted in his lighted window.
Mike's anxiety increased as midnight approached and he waited for the town hall clock to strike. And in the shadows below, Death said “Come.”

 You can get your copy of my novel "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK  Thank you

Lakeside - short stories for Kindle

The second in the series of Coffee Time Short Stories for kindle is now published. Here is a preview of the cover and the contents:
Five short stories that tell of people dealing with the unexpected. Each story has a twist that will keep you guessing.

In 'Lakeside' Greg's beautiful new girlfriend is a cause of conflict at a barbecue on one of the hottest days of the year. (2200 words)

In 'Why I gave up camping' an unsettling event leaves the author not knowing where to turn. (2620 words)

'The Unlikely Romance of Spiro McEwe' tells how a bizarre hobby can lead to romance with unexpected consequences. (1500 words)

'Peggy's Journey' describes a trip prompted by an article in a local newspaper.  (1800 words)

'Dawn's New Man' tells how a nineteen year old student discovers the disappointment and joy of love.  (1500 words)

Settle down with a cup of coffee and enjoy. 

Volume one of this series of short stories is called “Five Tales of Mystery and Magic”

Available on Amazon for the kindle  $0.99 US  or  £0.77 UK link click here to purchase a copy

The UK kindle link click here to purchase a copy

You can get your copy of my full length novel  "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK  Thank you

Cover illustration courtesy of vlado /

My new book on Kindle

Five Tales of Mystery and Magic - Coffee time short stories
My new book - an anthology of short stories  - is now available on Amazon for the Kindle. 
"Tales of Mystery and Magic"

The book contains five short stories where magic or mystery break into the everyday life of an ordinary person. 

This is the first of a series of collections of short stories that I will be publishing - volume 2 is being proof read as I write and the new novel will be out later in the year. Its a busy time!

In the USA it costs $0.99  
follow this link

For Amazon . com

In the UK it costs £0.77 
follow this link

For Amazon

You can get your copy of my novel  "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK  Thank you

Prologue of my next novel EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

Here is the prologue of my next novel. A draft manuscript has been completed and the editorial process is now under way. The book is scheduled to be published in the autumn. (Please note - This is the first draft so is very likely to change when the editing gets going!)

The title of the novel has not been finalised.....  


Take me by the hand; it's so easy for you, Angel, for you are the road even while being immobile.” Rilke

Above the land then high over the ocean: drifting; floating. Flying across the star filled dark sky before dropping to rooftops and below, through slates and attics to bedrooms. Whirling past sleeping children and through walls to room after room of sleeping couples and singles. Spinning round pensioners and restless insomniacs. Finally she comes to a stop in one bedroom, like all the other bedrooms, and hovering above the ceiling, she is looking down: looking directly down onto the bed. On the bed, naked and unashamed are two bodies entwined in each other, writhing and caressing. Flesh mixed with a floral patterned duvet, patterns interchanging, flowers and flesh. Then a brief glance at the faces. It is who she feared it might be and yet knew it would be. Glimpses of faces, engrossed in passion: eager to please and oblivious of the world. The invisible peeping tom, who wasn't really there, blushed in awkward embarrassment. The room was filled with a swirling mist and in the swirling shadows flew faces, all familiar, all stern and all disapproving. There was also noise. Above the clinical noise of the lust and passion and the eager bouncing of the old bed springs was the murmur of many voices speaking together in an incomprehensible babble of confusion. The whole scene turned red. Not just red but deepest crimson as in the colour of blood. As if the mood suddenly changed, dogs rushed in towards the couple on the bed, their teeth grotesquely sharp, and their smiles salivating. They were wild, fierce dogs, snapping and snarling, searching for blood. 

She looked quickly away as she couldn't bear to see what would happen next and found she was under water. All had turned from red to blue. A dolphin smiled and encouraged her to follow. After a short swim there were the same copulating couple, now in blue tints surrounded by shoals of sparkly small fish. At that moment a huge shark appeared. It was focussed single mindedly on her, heading directly towards her. Its mouth was open and its numerous teeth were regular and very sharp. It was huge. It was getting closer. The big mouth and the teeth was blue and yet also stained with red. It was too close. Her heart was pounding. She screamed.
And sat up in bed suddenly awake and remembering all that had happened. The room was dark but it was far from quiet. The wind howled around the outside of the small Hebridean cottage. A hundred yards away the fierce Atlantic breakers crashed onto the beach. The storm had been raging since afternoon would blow for a few hours yet. From the open door to the living room, the next room in the tiny cottage emerged a soft gentle light.
She eased herself slowly to sit on the side of the bed, careful not to wake the sleeping man and she pulled her dressing gown round her shoulders. She stood up slowly and reached out in the darkness for the walking frame and, finding the comforting handles within reach, she shuffled slowly through the familiar route into the living room.

There was a soft light here, but not from the dead embers in the fireplace. The room just seemed to be glowing. She looked expectantly at the straight backed chair beside the dining table and sure enough he was there.
“Hello, I knew it would be you” she said.
“Take your time and sit down, we have all night!”
He was young, perhaps, but his age, like his origin was difficult to tell. He had never seemed to change no matter how many times she saw him and she had seen him many times over many years. He was dressed in simple clothes, quite nondescript yet very light coloured and the pale glow of the room emphasised their ephemeral lightness.
She moved slowly round the room with her zimmer frame and settled herself down in her own armchair, close to the fireplace. Though the embers were long dead there was still some warmth that she could feel through her nightdress.
She was old, very old. Her hair was white and thin. Her face was wrinkled from years of stormy winds and marked with many signs of age, the thin translucent skin pulled tight to her skull bones but her eyes were clear and bright. She moved slowly and deliberately and every movement indicated the rheumatism and other aches and pains below the surface of the old body.
“I…. I've been dreaming again. Its them two. They are…” she paused, embarrassed “ well you know what they are doing”
“I know, that’s why I'm here. How’s the arthritis?”
“Pah, old age! One part stops aching for a moment just to give you time to be aware of all the other aches you have in so many other places.”
His gentle smile oozed empathy and concern.
“So what’s it all mean?” she asked, “What is going to happen? I can feel that something will happen.”
“You will lose her for a while” he said, “but do not worry. She will return and it will all be well.”
“You’re always so impossibly imprecise!” she moaned to her old friend. “I am not happy with what she is doing right now.” She paused and said sadly, “I thought better of both of them!”
“It had to be. She will learn from and through him and from what he gives her. He will give her a most valuable gift that he himself will never see.”
“There you go again, making up your prophesies; all mystical and imprecise. They are being immoral and I feel he is using her to ease his loneliness and pain. It just doesn’t seem right.”
“You feel so much and you and she will both get your reward. You know she is very like you”
The wind howled and there was a crash as something moved in the yard outside.
“You must go back to bed and try and get some sleep old faithful one” he said, “you can’t be sitting chatting to me all night – your man will be getting jealous”
“Aye right, as if…” she stopped as she knew there was no point in saying more and smiled as she pulled herself up stiffly out of the old armchair and shuffled across the room towards the bedroom door. As she reached the doorway she could hear her husband of over fifty years snoring regularly in their old double bed. She turned and looked at the young man. He smiled and raised a hand in farewell and she went on and climbed back into her bed.
The cottage was suddenly empty and was as still as if the visitor had never been there and many would argue that he hadn't.
She pulled the covers over her and gently laid her head on the pillow, feeling a deep sense of peace in spite of the roaring storm without the old stone walls. Within a minute she was deep in a peaceful and dreamless sleep.

Image "Woman With Wings In Flight"courtesy of Victor Habbick /

You can get your copy of my novel "Capcir Spring" from Amazon either as a paperback or kindle download by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK

The loneliness of a long distance writer

Do you remember the short story called "The loneliness of a long distance runner"? It was a short story by Alan Sillitoe which was set in Irvine Beach, and published in 1959. It tells the story of a young man taking up long distance running to escape from the depressing surroundings of the borstal where he has been sent after he was convicted for theft.
But the long distance writer? I put that title deliberately as there is something very strange about anyone who tries to write a novel. You have to shut yourself away form people for many hundreds of hours and live in your own inner world. You have to concentrate on the paper in front of you or the computer screen. A novel writer will most likely have another job as well (a real job with a regular pay cheque!) so will be fitting in these period of enforced isolation between the hours of employment. There are surprisingly few people who can make a full time living from writing.  Family time and time for interaction with other human beings may be severely limited.
And at the end of the process when an author emerges from their self imposed isolation with a completed novel they are expected to change and become the life and soul of every party as they travel round talking about, selling and promoting their work. They are expected to be a wit and raconteur par excellence - the very opposite to what they have spent the last however many months doing alone locked in their writing closet.
Writing is an individual activity and can be a lonely existence. But it is immensely rewarding too and that of course is why we do it!

You can get your copy of my novel "Capcir Spring" from Amazon either as a paperback or kindle download by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK

 Image "Feet Of Runner In Evening Light"  courtesy of  Sura Nualpradid  /

Capcir Spring and objective criticism

In the months since I finished "Capcir Spring" I have been receiving lots of feedback from friends who have read the book. This has been a very positive experience, but then they would say nice things wouldn't they - they are friends after all!

But people I don't know have bought the book and posted positive comments on the Amazon. This is much more satisfying.

When you know an author you cannot help keeping in mind what you know about the person when you read their work. Perhaps you are looking for mutual friends thinly disguised as characters? Perhaps you are working out how your friends mind works! Whatever you are looking for it is hard to be objective and take the work as an isolated whole and look at it as a creation totally separate to the privileged background information about the author that you posses. 

As I work on my next novel, it is nice to know that my creation "Capcir Spring" worked for people who have never met me and know nothing about me. It is a huge ego trip to create a world, create people to fill it, invent their history and make them do interesting things. Creativity is the starting point but this is followed by many hours of hard work to make those ideas and insights into something that is good enough to share with the world.

Jean de Beurre.

You can get your copy of "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK

Who were the Cathars?

The Cathars play an important part in the novel "Capcir Spring" by Jean de Beurre, but who were they?

"The Cathars were heretics without a name. The word Cathar is a slang name, used by Catholics as an insult. The words Perfect, the elect, and Credentes for the followers are similarly lifted from the annals of the Inquisition. They called themselves Good men, Good Women or simply Good Christians. They were, undeniably, dualists who believed that there were two Gods – the good God of the spiritual world and the Bad God of the material world. Accordingly the material world was of no interest. They believed that you had to reach a spiritual enlightenment in order to finally reach the Good God. The Catholic Church with its sacraments, relics, rules and prohibitions was seen as, at best, an irrelevancy to the Cathars. Catholics had simply missed the point.
The Catholic Church in Languedoc was a sad mess at this time, the late 12th Century. Corrupt and worldly Archbishops and Bishops led a trail of usury, ignorance and malpractice right down to the average village priest, who probably had a few concubines and was woefully ignorant of the substance of Christianity. In comparison the wandering Perfect were ascetic, saintly men who ate no meat, were celibate, learned and lived as simple, wandering artisans. They had little difficulty winning adherents. But while dualism was rife throughout southern Europe there were special reasons for its success in the Occitan; as mentioned, the Church was feeble, but the feudal system had not thrown up the central organisation it had in Northern France and England. The ancient custom of dividing land equally between all children, men and women, had seen to that. Cathar Perfect could be women as well as men, and many of the leading lights of Catharism were noble women of limited, but independent means. The Occitan was a fragmented, independent state, not easily controlled or regulated.
And so the Dualist faith thrived. In many mountain villages Dualists were in the majority while in towns like Carcassonne or the region’s capital, Toulouse, Cathars and orthodox Christians (and indeed, Jews, remarkably enough) rubbed shoulders happily, each content to worship their own."

This quotation is taken from an essay on a website authored by Brian Creese.

You can get your copy of "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK

Capcir is in the Pyrenees

Capcir Spring is set in the Pyrenees. What do you know about this mountain range?

The Pyrenees mountains stretch for 480km from the Atlantic coast across to the Mediterranean forming an impressive natural frontier between France and Spain. They rose from beneath a shallow sea millions of years ago when the European and African continental plates collided. Since then the gigantic glaciers that covered most of Europe during the last great ice age have shaped the magical natural features we see here today.
The Pyrenees mountains are not just a geographical barrier between France and Spain, but a divide of culture, climate, flora and fauna and way of life between two very different countries. The Pyrenees are one of the last wilderness areas of Europe and can only really be appreciated on foot. 
The Capcir plateau offers hiking trails to short walks and Capcir and Haut Conflent are traversed by the GR10 and HRP (marked long distance footpaths) linking Hendaye to Banyuls.

You can get your copy of "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK

Five Star review for Capcir Spring...

On a Customer Reviews  from "happy"
5.0 out of 5 stars " takes you right there". 

(Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase)
"This book made me curious about the time and places presented in this book. Well written, great story that makes you believe you are right there with the characters."             October 21, 2012
Thank you Happy for your review
 - I am glad you enjoyed the book.    Jean

You can get your copy of "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK