A former King Edward VI College student has released her debut novel in the UK this month.
Julia Stagg’s publication ‘L’Auberge’, published by Hodder and Stoughton, is available from most book shops up and down the country and will be included in Sainsbury’s summer promotions.
Based in a small village in the Pyrenees, the book is about the arrival of a British couple who, much to the dismay of the locals, have purchased the village Auberge (restaurant). Believing this will be a gastronomic disaster the Mayor calls an emergency meeting and starts the process of trying to force the couple out.
The concept for the book came from Julia’s real life experiences. In 2004, after spending 6 years in Japan and 2 years in the US, Julia and her husband moved to the Pyrenees to run a small Auberge.
“I always wanted to write but it was only with life experience that I began to put ideas together” said Julia.
Principal of King Edward VI College, Esther Maughan said “Even though I wasn’t here when Julia was a student I still feel an enormous sense of pride in her achievement. We love to hear from our former students and hope Julia will join our Alumni so her experiences can be shared with our current students.”
When asked about her memories of KEC Julia said “I met my husband there! We were in the same maths class. We were friends for years and then in 1996 he came to visit me in Japan, and the rest, as they say, is history!”
The foreign rights for ‘L’Auberge’ have been bought by seven other countries to date and Julia has written two more books which will be published next year.