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Following the Letters by Hilary Sunman


Following The Letters

An evocative, fascinating narrative, effortlessly drawing the reader into the lives of the Ouillères family between the wars”

Give yourself a treat and curl up with this good book about love, life and war in south-west France.

When a cache of over 100 letters were found by Hilary Sunman in the cellar of her semi-derelict mill house in the Lot, she had no idea they would lead her on a path to writing this intriguing, moving and sometimes, shocking book.

Drawn into a beguiling world of discovery across two world wars, the dusty, fragile letters shed light on the lives of two very different families.  One was aristocratic, the other made wine and farmed.  The emotional, insightful and descriptive letters tell personal, rich and revealing stories of the lives and deaths of people who each experienced the tough, turbulent years of the early 1900s.

In her painstaking research, Hilary travelled around France, studying parish registers to understand more, not only of the characters who so touchingly expressed themselves, but also of their intriguing lives in this remote corner of the Lot.

Hilary is kindly offering readers of The Local Buzz a discount on orders of her paperback book, which is usually priced at €9.48 but which, from 1 Dec to 31 January will be discounted to €7.80 on the Amazon France site.  To order go to


Following the Letters by Hilary Sunman is our reader offer until 31 January, 2021 and was first published in the Dec 2020 and Jan 2021 issue of The Local Buzz .

Image:  Hilary Sunman

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