This definitely smacked of 'latest' - so was my quest to continue?
On entering the world of the internet, I eventually hit Harvey's page and I realised I was not a dinosaur after all - and not the only one looking for a conclusion (preferably in English) to a fascination that had started all those years ago when I should have been revising for my exam.
My immediate reaction was - well, if there's no interest, what about me? I poured over the sleeve jackets and died a quiet death when I read 'dernier adventure' on 'Victoire'.
The French, like the English, can put several meanings to one word and this one did not necessarily mean 'last' as in 'final'.
It was probably - now that I look back – one of the very few books my friend ever read.If my father, an alcoholic, had ever known that I read a book called The Bastard's Queen (Matilda, William of Normandy's wife), I probably wouldn't be alive today to write this.That title would have sent him into one of his rages. I never realized there were any more of the Angélique series until in 1971, my oldest brother had the choice so many of our brothers had then - enlist or be drafted to eventually end up Vietnam. I used to take him to the bus stop during leave weekends when he came home and while waiting with him, there just happened to be a bookstore there, The Corner Bookstore in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.Eventually, having plenty of time on my hands (I was having an unnaturally long stay in hospital) I wrote to Heinemann's (as publishers of the previous hardbacks, the paperbacks to follow after an interval of 12-18 months) to ask when we might expect to see 'Quebec' translated.They replied (I'll give them that, they did actually reply) to the effect that "they were not commissioning any further translations due to lack of interest." I'll never forget that phrase. Some years later, in Paris, I decided to buy the book in French - might as well see the adventure to the end - so I purchased 'Quebec' parts 1 and 2, Route de L'Espoir and Victoire (of whose existence I didn't know until I started going round the bookshops).