Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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'Will is one of the most successful Barristers in Melbourne, but there is a hollowness to his "success" and he and his wife Alice are growing further apart. Nathalie is married to a merchant banker in Paris, but she has deserted the capital for life on her newly acquired vineyard in the beautiful wine growing region of Bourg just across the estuary from the famous vineyards of the Medoc. When Will is offered a lucrative brief in a London court case but he arrives only to find the case adjourned for an imprecise period. Instead of returning to Australia, he decides to go to France, recalling the lovely town of Bourg and the surrounding wine country. There he meets Nathalie over a cup of coffee and launches into work as a picker at her vineyard and cellar-hand at her father's winery. Seduced by the lifestyle, the region, and even Nathalie herself, Will takes a happy holiday from his own life. But how long can - or should - this idyllic interlude last?' (Back cover)


  • Epigraph: 'The spirit of a country, if it is to be true to itself, needs continually to draw great breaths of inspiration from simple realities of the country, from the smell of its soil, the pattern of its fields, the beauty of its scenery and from the men and women who dwell and toil in the rural areas.' - George Stapledon (1882-1960)

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  • Melbourne, Victoria,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 2003
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