The mood was reverential and sombre until one of the book's authors - my friend Jean-Paul Calvet, President of the Revel History Society - made me wear a Tommy helmet and took me for a ride in a taxi. This vehicle was one of 630 Parisian taxis used in September 1914 to transport troops to the Battle of the Marne.
According to this article, 'I have the ideas and structure for my next book. I hope to start it this winter'.
As the Dalai Lama once said, choose to be optimistic, it feels better!
For me, one of the highlights was being able to introduce so many of the people who appear in the book and who helped me with my research: Sophie Bouyssou, Laurent Alibert, Jean-Paul Calvet, Bruno Berthoumieux, Jean-Pierre Suzzoni, Jean-Louis Enjalbert, Marthe Boyer, Marie-Christine Combes...
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful day. It's taken me a week to come down from heaven and write this post...
A timely piece of publicity in our local weekly newspaper just before 'Lauragais' launches at the Château de Garrevaques.
Unfortunately, the effect is less impressive from the main street. Driving past one could be forgiven for thinking it was the fake façade of a Hollywood film set.
Colin Duncan Taylor, author of ‘Lauragais: Steeped in History, Soaked in Blood’, passionate about this undiscovered corner of south-west France.