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Michael Wright
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Book Description

9 Jun 2011

How do you find the woman of your dreams when you're nearly forty, living in the middle of nowhere and spectacularly ungifted in the art of seduction?

Three years into his solo adventure in rural France, Michael Wright has everything he ever wanted: a ramshackle house, several manly power tools, a cat, a grand piano and a vintage aircraft. Yet the lovelier his life becomes, the lonelier he feels. Three unfulfilled wishes return to haunt him: to grow a perfect potato, to fly a Spitfire and, most of all, to meet his soulmate.

Written with honesty, self-deprecating wit and life-affirming passion, Michael Wright's new memoir reveals how, while his livestock seem bent on reproduction, a solitary man can learn to accept being single . . .Or so he thinks until a bumptious American Labrador and a perilous landing in a light aircraft conspire to offer a glimpse of romance that could turn his whole world upside down.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (9 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553819380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553819380
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Even better than his first... the same scrupulous honesty, humour and self-deprecation, but with an added vital ingredient" (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

"Wright wins over a begrudging reader, with writerliness and wit: his bickering hens, his beligerent cat and the emotions that this vast, lonely landscape elicits, described with a heartfelt exuberance" (INDEPENDENT)

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Le sequel to Michael Wright's joyous and very funny bestselling memoir, C'est La Folie

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better. 9 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Follow-up books are often disappointing, but not so with Je t'aime a la Folie. This account of a year in Michael Wright's life during which he achieves two life-long ambitions is written with consummate honesty and humour. He never allows sentiment to degenerate into sentimentality which it could easily do. It is well-paced, informative, charming and pretty-well unputdownable. There are laugh-aloud moments and tear-in-the-eye moments. In today's publishing climate it was a relief to be able to enjoy a book for a change.
The third book will be even harder to write, Michael, but I am already looking forward to it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family life on a small holding in Rural France 26 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover
It is nearly four years since I read his first book,"C'est La Folie" which I thoroughly enjoyed. It has been a long wait but well worth while.

I always read Michael's column in Sunday's Telegraph and also the article about his family, in Saturday's Telegraph where I noticed that his new book was on sale. I ordered it straight away, and started to read it immediately. I was so engrossed with the book that my wife said to me, "You'll be sorry when you finish it", which of course I am. I have to say that it is one of the most enjoyable books I have read, and think it is even better than "C'est La Folie". May be that is because I found it very romantic.

Thank you for giving a grandfather so much pleasure and enjoyment. I just hope that you write another book, and if you do, that I am still around to read it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Je t'aime a la Folie 27 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover
I previously enjoyed Michael Wrights book "C'est La Folie". With this second book, again I find the writing a delight. Michael clearly and humourously, describes his life in rural France. His column in the Telegraph on Saturdays, gives a good feel of what these two books are about.

A lot of the pleasure comes from the quality of the writing. Too rare these days.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Je T'aime a la Folie 26 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover
I found this book after seeing a piece in the Daily Mail, I bought it and its predecessor(C'est la Folie). Its excellent in every way, well written, interesting and has a great deal of humour and some sadness (if you like animals) in it. I particularly liked his observations of living in France.( I was in France yesterday, and its amazing the difference you get if you use French, however poor it may be. (mine is OKish!!) , The authors observations about Brits who live in France who never bother to learn a word of the language is just so true) I won't spoil the book, but I recommend both, you need to read the other book first, but once you have opened it, you won't want to put it down,

*Don't forget to buy C'est la Folie and read it FIRST!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Folie is again tops 31 Oct 2010
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Format:Hardcover
Michael Wright still continues to facinate all us wimps who didn't take that long step that we should have all those years ago. He started the step in C'est La Folie away from the 'correct' boring responsible life into the unknown foreign country with a strange language. In Je t'aime a La Folie he continues to write in his inimitable style about his return to his version of responsibility and his search for a partner to share his life in France.
Another superb story of the interaction of English Michael and his French friends, I for one am extremely jealous of his success.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 29 Nov 2011
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As others have said, this was a disappointing second book. For about half of the book it seemed as if MW had little new material; far too much yearning for a partner and too much flying experiences for my liking. It also lacked the humour of the first book and i felt the author to be rather two-dimensional. A lot was said about MW's doubts about how Alice would cope with life in rural France, but after she had arrived, he gave us little idea about how she felt and filled her time. So many books have been written by ex-pats buying and living in France - the main appeal for this book was the fact that I live near to La Folie - and this is definately not one of the best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New love, old loves..... 3 Sep 2010
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Unlike many other authors who write columns for newspapers Michael has NOT produced a book of compilations of such. Also this book is not like C'est la Folie-it is much much more, being really in depth. Will the next book be even better-seems like we're waiting for it already?
This book is based on the search for love in the form of the right woman but also covers many of the other loves in the Author's life, especially aircarft. A few sad bits but offset by the manic Digby!
Excellent work especially with everything else going on around him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Je t'aime 6 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
Michael Wright's long awaited sequel did not disappoint. His discriptions of life in France give an intimate insight into what it is like to live as the French do. This book is about his search for a partner to share this life, which succeeds. The last chapter is a brilliant piece of writing, it will make you smile, laugh and cry but you end the book knowing that in another two years or so there will be more. Can't wait!
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Published 25 days ago by steve vaughan
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Delightful and amusing, perceptive, and a happy read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
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Published 1 month ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to make you smile and feel good.
Great as all his books. He has such a warm feeling for animals and his lonely life in the country, loves his ramshackle home. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best autobiographical novel I've read in ages
The best autobiographical novel I've read in ages. A fantastically well-written book with a touchingly honest account of one's man travails in darkest France.
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briliantly written book, the characters really come to life, the situations are funny and it made me want to do exactly what he did, lovely ending too!
Published 2 months ago by dan the man
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and witty !!
A mans quest for love in so many ways ,set against a backdrop of life in rural France. Well written, and the sort of book you didn't want to put down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by miss deborah anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est Manifique
Got the first book out of the library and wanted to see how the story develops. Not disappointed by the follow up at all.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Carole Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I adored this book so much that I had to immediately order the sequel.
You will find it impossible to not laugh out loud when reading this although it does have its poignant... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MRS A.P.
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