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About the Author

Born and brought up in northern Scotland, Lorna Fergusson lives in Oxford with her husband and two sons. She runs the Fictionfire Literary Consultancy and is currently working on a historical novel. 'The Chase' was first published by Bloomsbury. She has won an Ian St James Award, been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize, was a finalist in the Historical Novel Society's short story prize in 2012 and her children's novel 'Hinterland' is currently on the eight-strong long list for Pan Macmillan's Write Now Prize.

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  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fictionfire Press; Revised edition edition (April 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CBNG3BE
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Since I'm planning a trip to the Dordogne region this summer this book caught my attention. Although it's a novel rather than a travel book I anticipated that it would give me a feel for the area. It did - and I also got so much more as well. The Chase is a story about a marital relationship that is struggling and the shared past that has caused the rift between them. It's also about family, friendships, expectations and ex-pat life with a thread of the supernatural running through it. The ominous presence of the house and its ghostly occupants rattled me in the early chapters of the book - though I still wanted to keep reading to find out why they were there and what secrets the place harboured. I also got caught up in the lives of the living characters and wanted to know how their stories would turn out. Fred, the elderly professor, was one of my favourites and I willed a long lasting friendship with the main character, Netty for him. The novel aroused a mix of emotions in me and left me still thinking about it afterwards - to me that's a sign of a powerful story and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to other readers.
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Loran Fergusson has written a captivating and unsettling story about an expat British couple moving to the Dordogne province in France. In an area known for its famous caves and with so many unknown artifacts of history littering the landscape, this book moves between history and present day effortlessly. And the author takes the reader on an intriguing journey of discovery.
With their home having a history that neither the two main characters Annette (Netty) nor Gerald knew prior to their purchase, you know this will not bode well. However, how Ms. Fergusson unravels her tale is unique. She is a writer of sublime quality – her language and her descriptions are pitch perfect. As she slowly unfolds her story, as a reader, I went back and forth with my sympathy. Certainly she has captured the quirkiness of expat life – no village is complete without its characters. Each plays a role in moving the story forward.
But most importantly, I believe, is that Ms. Fergusson has completely captured life in France with all its social hierarchy, its link to the past and to past social mores no better illustrated than by the dinner party at Bel Arbre. There are an increasing number of memoirs of Americans and British moving to Europe and sharing their experiences. Ms. Fergusson’s take on the predictability of restoring a centuries-old home, learning the language and manners of a newly adopted home, and making friends are all there, but with an unsettling atmosphere and personal history that gives this story great depth.
The Chase is not a true “who-done-it” but as the story progresses you, as the reader, know there has to be some retribution. For it is well known that there is no action without a counter-action. Ms. Fergusson captivates her reader from the beginning.
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(This is my review of the hardback version.)

As we're already in November, I think it's a safe bet to say THE CHASE is my book of 2011. Superbly written, ambitious in scope, morally complex, emotionally challenging, this is a real page-turner. In her hugely entertaining debut novel, Fergusson's large cast of British and French characters are sharply and convincingly delineated and in dialogue each character has his/her own voice. Humour gives way to horror as the veneer of ex-pat middle-class gentility is stripped away in the wild, unforgiving (and unforgetting) landscape of the Dordogne. (Note to TV companies: this would make a terrific mini-series.)
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Lorna Fergusson's The Chase is a complex, dark and sometimes claustrophobic story of a couple whose dysfunctional marriage is way past its sell-by date. The novel is skilfully written, bold and ambitious for a first novel. But Fergusson obviously honed her craft by writing short stories and is a former winner of the prestigious short story prize - the Ian St James Award.
The only thing that Netty and Gerald still have in common is a shared sense of loss over a terrible tragedy to befall the family, five years previously.

In his boorish, blustering way, Gerald buys a gloomy house in the Dordogne (or as it is unkindly known, Dordogneshire), as pre-Euro and the current recession, the area attracted a large number of Brits who could afford second homes or who sold up and started a new life there. I'm guessing the book is set around the mid 1990s (although there is no reference in the book to the wider world in either Britain or France) but I figured it would have to be around this time - just as the economy in the UK has picked up enough for Gerald to sell his plumbing manufacturing company in England for a killing and head off to a blissful retirement in France.

As someone who used to help expats relocate to their idea of utopia, those who left their home country to run away from something (like Gerald and Netty) were the least likely to settle; as sadly, no matter how hard you try to leave your emotional baggage behind, it has a habit of catching up with you.
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