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Bordeaux Housewives Paperback – 7 Aug 2006


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (7 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007168209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007168200
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,023,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daisy Waugh used to write a weekly newspaper column from Los Angeles about her attempts to become a Hollywood scriptwriter. Today she writes two weekly columns for the Sunday Times. She and her family live in London. This is her sixth novel.

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Praise for ‘Bordeaux Housewives’:

‘A fun and fruity French tale.’ Star magazine

‘A witty romp full of joie-de-vivre that'll have you dreaming of summers in France.’ Closer

Praise for ‘Bed of Roses’:

‘A heady mix of sex and satire, Daisy Waugh’s brilliant book is an utterly compulsive read.’ Reveal

‘A sharp eye for detail and a refreshingly black comic streak – Cold Comfort Farm meets Goodbye Mr Chips.’ Literary Review

‘A witty tale.’ Woman’s Own

Praise for Daisy Waugh:

‘Sparkling fun.’ Heat

‘Full of laugh-out-loud funny bits.’ New Woman

‘A surprisingly witty, romantic read.’ Company

‘A hilarious, witty comedy of modern manners.' Adele Parks

‘A beguiling and very funny novel…a real joy to read.’ Publishing News

Star Magazine

A fun and fruity French tale.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on 1 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
Boring, unconvincing charecters, Daffy was so wet you wanted to wring her neck and someone like thaat could never have even started to get a rundown hotel going, especially when she knew no French, let alone made it sucessful, Lady Emma Rankin, femme fatale, apparently perfectly content to be in the middle of nowhere in her huge castle, as if, and the other married couple, so dire that I've forgotten their names with their pointlessly brilliant children (are we really expected to believe that a five year old who can multiply fractions in his head would be happy in kindergarten in a rural French village? or that his parents would have put him there?) The loathesome guests were completely overdrawn too. Oh, and the plot was ludicrous. Really, don't bother with this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Price on 8 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
I rarely fail to finish a book, but this was frankly one of the most idiotic books I've ever tried to read. Apart from the obvious stupidity of the British characters, I found the caricatures of French chararcters insulting. I've lived in rural France myself, so I do know what i'm talking about. I don't understand how anyone in their right minds would publish such drivel.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By alexandria1121 on 1 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
I struggled to finish this book, having become increasingly bored by the unlikely scenarios and improbable characters. If this book surprises it is by the very implausibility of the plot.
The leading couple, one of whom is called Horatio, the other has already escaped me, annoyed me from the start by naming their son Superman and by earning a living from helping illegal immigrants. The others just annoyed me. They are all even more one dimensional than soap characters and that's saying something.
I am one of those people who would read the cereal packet or sauce bottle in the absence of anything else, and I suppose this is marginally preferable to one of those options, but only just!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. C. Goss on 4 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in one of those "buy 2 get 1 free" offers you see before the summer break, all I can say is i hope this was the freebie!

The premise of the book is not all that bad but the increasingly ridiculous and far fetched scenarios we find the characters in are now starting to become increasingly irritating. I've not finished the book yet and, if i'm honest, it's only the fact that i've no other books lined up after this one that is persuading me to carry on with it.

If you're wondering whether to order this book or another....take my advice and go for the other one!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Outrageous characters, crazy situations, plenty of laughs - this book is the perfect antidote for some of those oh-so-worthy but a little over-earnest narratives that tell how British families settle in rural France, become olive farmers or wine producers, enjoy countless fabulous meals and integrate so perfectly with their neighbours. And it is really quite enjoyable as long as you do not attempt to take any of it seriously. Several reviewers seem to be annoyed by its ludicrous characters, silly names and stereotyped Frenchmen. But it is precisely these features that tell us how to read the novel. This is a book to laugh at and get lost in, not one to evaluate for the accuracy of its portrayal. No, of course it's not plausible or highly meaningful - but as entertainment it has its value!
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