There's a lesson to be learnt from this:
So next time you sit down and write your novel, ask yourself: "Will the real people I based my fictional characters on try to kill me when the novel gets published?"
Five farmers from the Auvergne countryside appeared in court yesterday for attacking the writer Pierre Jourde over his novel inspired by their tiny village.
Incensed by Jourde's depictions of heavy drinking, adultery, intermarriage, filthy homes and accidents with farm machinery, some locals say the novelist will never be forgiven. But Paris's literary elite is horrified by the tale of an acclaimed writer "attacked by his own characters".