"World War II is such a popular subject, but few writers deal with it in a manner that feels genuine. Fredrik Nath is one of those few."
- The Masked Persona
From the author of wartime adventure novel 'The Cyclist', the Historical Novels Society editor's choice February 2011.
A reluctant hero in war-torn France...
A teacher in St Cyprien, a small town in Aquitaine, France, descends into an alcoholic daze after his son dies in the Spanish Civil War. His life seems meaningless and he moves to Bergerac where he survives by poaching and fishing. Isolating himself from the world, he ruminates over his hatred of the Fascists who killed his son. He is dragged back to reality when, after the occupation of France by the Nazis, he witnesses Security Police beating a young Jewish girl. He reacts by killing the Germans and hides Rachelle, the young teenager. She breathes life into the world in which he has hidden himself and gives him a reason to go on.
Dufy begins a path of revenge on the occupying Germans. A sniper in the Great War, he uses his skills to devastating effect, always posing as the town drunk.
Then the British drop supplies and a beautiful SOE agent whom Dufy falls in love with. But as the invaders hunt down the partisans in the deep, crisp woodland, nothing works out as Dufy had hoped.
Farewell Bergerac is an unforgettable wartime tale of fragile love, loss and redemption.