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Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill

by Dimitri Verhulst

This quirky little tale of a widow's love for her husband, stray dogs, table football and classical music set in a village full of interesting characters is an absolute joy to read. Poignant and hugely entertaining, its sombre themes of loss and ageing are handled in a hugely agreeable way.

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Everyone would remember that it happened the year a cow became mayor of Oucw├Ęgne. A cow, that's right - more precisely, a Blonde d'Aquitaine, known by farmers as an exceptional beef breed. Her phenomenal rump made her the queen of the annual fairs, her coat of soft-pile carpet had a colour that went well with most furniture, even modern, and when she mooed it was never with discontent but always an apt comment from the sidelines, witty and pertinent.
Translated by David Colmer

Parallels

Truly, Madly, Deeply - the film
Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village by Louis de Bernieres
 

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