Village Book, The

Village Book, The

Nicolas Freeling has spent much of his adult life in Europe, achieving success first as a chef and later as a celebrated novelist. The Kitchen Book was the author’s picture of his grand hotel years, which were essential to his life. The Village Book covers more than one writer’s life, however; it also examines the history of one peculiar part of Europe. France meets Germany in the pivotal town of Strasbourg; Grandfontaine, the village outside it, is where Nicolas Freeling has made his home for many years. Here the creator of the ever-popular detectives Van der Valk and Castang explores his family’s past while unearthing the history of his village and its context in the region, and in the new Europe being created today.

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10 Aug 2001
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About the author

  • Nicolas Freeling

    Nicolas Freeeling was born in London in 1927. After serving in the military and working as a hotel and restaurant cook throughout Europe, he began his first novel, Love in Amsterdam, while serving a sentence of three weeks in jail for stealing food. His novel King of the Rainy Country received the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Among his other literary awards are the Gold Dagger from the British Crime Writers Association, and France's Grand Prix de Roman Policier.

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