The Secret Life of France (Revised Edition) by Lucy Wadham

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The Secret Life of France (Revised Edition) by Lucy Wadham

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Lucy Wadham’s first work of non-fiction is a candid and funny account of her long and tumultuous love affair with France, her adoptive land. At the age of eighteen Wadham ran away from English boys - who she found emotionally immature and sexually unconfident - and into the arms of a Frenchman. She soon discovered that romantic relationships in France were fraught with their own set of problems: not only do the French put women on a pedestal, but both sexes are required to act out the sort of seduction games that disappeared from English society centuries ago. Wadham, who dressed in Doc Martens and baggy jumpers, struggled to fit in.

Twenty-five years later, having married in a French Catholic church, put her children through the French education system and divorced in a French court of law, Wadham examines the profound and varied differences between the Anglo-Saxon and French worldviews. Using her own experience, as a wife and mother, and later as an investigative journalist for the BBC, Wadham explores French attitudes towards sex, marriage, adultery, money, work, happiness, war and race, and in so doing reveals much about our own priorities and the nature of our identity.

The Secret Life of France challenges our preconceptions and debunks many of the myths - bleak and rosy - on which our view of France rests. Might we have something to learn from this most infuriating and contrary neighbour?

Visit Lucy's Blog, The Secret Life of France, for a discussion of the book and for further insights into living in France.

About the Author

Lucy Wadham was born in London and educated at Oxford. She has lived in France for the past 20 years.Her first novel, Lost, was shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction. She is also the author of Castro's Dream and Greater Love.

Reviews

Wadham's elegant, measured and funny book ... penetrating insight and wonderful anecdote and dry observation .. She offers her considerable insights and her anecdotes and, like all critical Francophiles, continues to scratch her head in love and wonder. --Independent

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The Secret Life of France (Revised Edition) by Lucy Wadham

Book Description

Lucy Wadham’s first work of non-fiction is a candid and funny account of her long and tumultuous love affair with France, her adoptive land. At the age of eighteen Wadham ran away from English boys - who she found emotionally immature and sexually unconfident - and into the arms of a Frenchman. She soon discovered that romantic relationships in France were fraught with their own set of problems: not only do the French put women on a pedestal, but both sexes are required to act out the sort of seduction games that disappeared from English society centuries ago. Wadham, who dressed in Doc Martens and baggy jumpers, struggled to fit in.

Twenty-five years later, having married in a French Catholic church, put her children through the French education system and divorced in a French court of law, Wadham examines the profound and varied differences between the Anglo-Saxon and French worldviews. Using her own experience, as a wife and mother, and later as an investigative journalist for the BBC, Wadham explores French attitudes towards sex, marriage, adultery, money, work, happiness, war and race, and in so doing reveals much about our own priorities and the nature of our identity.

The Secret Life of France challenges our preconceptions and debunks many of the myths - bleak and rosy - on which our view of France rests. Might we have something to learn from this most infuriating and contrary neighbour?

Visit Lucy's Blog, The Secret Life of France, for a discussion of the book and for further insights into living in France.

About the Author

Lucy Wadham was born in London and educated at Oxford. She has lived in France for the past 20 years.Her first novel, Lost, was shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction. She is also the author of Castro's Dream and Greater Love.

Reviews

Wadham's elegant, measured and funny book ... penetrating insight and wonderful anecdote and dry observation .. She offers her considerable insights and her anecdotes and, like all critical Francophiles, continues to scratch her head in love and wonder. --Independent

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Additional Information
Book Genre Biography, Non Fiction, Society, Travel
Book Format Unabridged
Binding Paperback
Publisher Faber & Faber
Number of pages 320
Dimensions 19.8 x 12.6 x 2.2 cm
ISBN 9780571308842
Date of Publication 1 Aug 2013
Media Type Book
Key Benefits
  • Entertaining and informative guide to contemporary French society
  • First-hand account from an author that continues to live in the country
  • For the linguist the book covers many conceptual French expressions that will enhance understanding of the language
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