French novel focuses on Banff and Buchan area

The book written by former French teaching assistant Jean-Francois Quesnel
The book written by former French teaching assistant Jean-Francois Quesnel

A former French teaching assistant at Mintlaw and Peterhead academies has written a book based on the north-east area.

Jean-Francois Quesnel (44) worked at the two schools in 1994 and has continued to visit the area over the past 22 years.

Mr Quesnel says: “Fraserburgh is the place where I would stay when I travelled back to Scotland as it is where my dear friends Mr and Mrs Grant lived.

“I haven’t been in Scotland for five years and I miss the country and the people and that is why two years ago I started to write a story taking place in the Banff and Buchan area.

“The story is now a book and was published last week in France under the title On a devalise la Queen (The Queen’s been robbed).

“It is written in French and I wondered if it may interest some people in the Fraserburgh area to know that their region is the setting of a French novel.”

The 250-page novel is a mystery comedy with the main character, Darcy, living in Minthill (Mintlaw) and visitng Merryton Manor (Aden House).

She spends time in Fraserburgh, visits the Tiger Hill Cafe, the beach and the town centre. Her adventures also take her to Pennan, which is referred to as Manse in the story.

He adds: “This has been my way to travel back to Scotland, its people, folklore and it has been good fun!”