Secret Life of France by Lucy Wadham

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At the age of eighteen Lucy Wadham ran away from English boys and into the arms of a Frenchman. Twenty-five years later, having married in a French Catholic Church, put her children through the French educational system and divorced in a French court of law, Wadham is perfectly placed to explore the differences between Britain and France.

Using both her personal experiences and the lessons of French history and culture, she examines every aspect of French life - from sex and adultery to money, happiness, race and politics - in this funny and engrossing account of our most intriguing neighbour.

 

About Lucy Wadham

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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 Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for Fiction. She is also the author of Castro's Dream and Greater Love.
 
Published October 29, 2009 by Faber & Faber Non Fiction. 288 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships, Education & Reference, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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There was none of the close camaraderie between women - "the sisterhood" - that Wadham had known in England, because in France, every woman is a potential rival (although in the end, she says, she came almost to prefer this, and the constant, often irritating but also uplifting flirtation between...

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There is a romantic, often misguided, misconception among the British that life in France is akin to life in Paradise.

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The Bookbag

For the Englishman's French experience, try Stephen Clarke's A Year in the Merde or Merde Actually.

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