Born with a wanderlust that keeps her moving, Julia Stagg has followed her restless feet to Japan, Australia, the USA and France. She has spent the majority of her time as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language but has also dabbled in bookselling, pawnbroking, waitressing and was once 'checkout-chick' of the month at a supermarket in South Australia. In 2004, a love of cycling and the mountains, combined with a strange desire to take on a business she knew nothing about, saw her move to the Ariège-Pyrenees region of France with her husband. For the next six years they ran a small Auberge and restaurant, learnt French the hard way and discovered that they could spend lots of time together without killing each other. Over the years running the Auberge, the inhabitants of Fogas began to shape themselves in her mind. While Julia was hanging out yet another load of washing, Annie Estaque would lean over and rasp in her ear, warning about a change in the weather. While she was frantically trying to prepare food for twenty, Christian Dupuy would be in the background grumbling about his mother's inability to produce a meal for two. And as she served pastis to tourists at the bar, Mayor Serge Papon would be watching with a sharp eye as he drained his own glass of the opaque liquid. Before long their stories began to take form and in between hectic summer seasons, Julia managed to sneak the time to get them down on paper. And in doing so, the commune of Fogas came to life, inhabited by people who are purely fictional but dominated by a stunning landscape that is grounded in fact. For more information about Julia Stagg and her books, visit www.jstagg.com or follow Julia on Twitter @juliastagg.Read more Read less
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