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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753827085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753827086
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a funny, honest and sometimes heart wrenchingly sad account of the fallout from a broken relationship. (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)

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Moving from Islington to Exmoor; one small step for mankind but a very large one for MAIL ON SUNDAY columnist Liz Jones.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
This has been on my shelf for a while since receiving it for Christmas. I really didn't think I wanted to read it but on getting stuck in a began to feel the budding of a creeping respect for Liz Jones. I'd read her whacky articles when I come across them, feeling a little stunned by her apparent lack of delicacy, barefaced confessions of financial muddles, expensive tastes and the history of her unhappy love life.

However, she is what she is and good on her for trying to make sense of her predicaments and actions. What gets missed by people writing furiously about her in the ranti -anti reviews is her real appreciation of life in general, the view from her home, the triumphs she works hard for in her rehabilitation of her broken down animals and the laugh out loud wit of her self depreciating remarks. I just love 'Michael and I are now engaged' at the end.

The information she carefully details is useful and will bring any dreamers back down to earth with a bang when they see the real cost both physical and financial of rescuing any kind of abandoned, damaged and frightened creature.

Liz Jones had good arguments for her intense fads and hobbies when opposed to the raising of families and her poignant asides regarding loneliness reveal a tortured soul with a very sharp, high level continual fear running alongside her apparent bravado.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Clark on 5 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Far too much name dropping and information about expensive alternative horse care.

Having read Liz's column in The Mail On Sunday over the past few years, I did not feel this book contained a great deal of new material, and yes, the ex husband does get mentioned a lot (he is in the book's title after all).

Not a 'feel good' book, in fact towards the end I was desperately hoping to read that she had decided to move back to London, as her constant negativity and mounting financial problems became quite depressing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hissy Fitter on 21 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as I like Exmoor,dogs,cats,horses and country life.Have to say Liz Jones is probably the most annoying author I have ever read!!! She moans constantly about everything and everyone. I cant believe that someone so anti the ways of the country moves to the heart of hunting and farming country.Her frequent name dropping whether it be celebrities or clothing brands really are unbelievable, who cares what designer label jumper she is wearing or her cats are sleeping on.Equally annoying is the way she cannot just mention her car I dont think anyone is impressed that its a BMW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liz then seems amazed that she has earned her self the title of most hated woman on Exmoor after being unpleasant to and about the locals and their way of life. Far too many ridiculous references to amimal "cruelty" like shoeing horses is cruel as are bits in thier mouths,feeding hay from haynets,saddles,picking cats up etc etc.The best thing she can do is move back to London
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Snowball on 18 Jun. 2010
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I like Liz Jones. I read her columns and enjoyed her previous book ("How One Single Girl..."). This book, on the other hand, I found padded out and depressing in equal measure.

I read for enjoyment and relaxation not to be ranted at about the injustice of a world that uses animals instead of befriending them. Liz tells us about the plight of horses, which is very sad, and then gives us a list of charities where we can adopt a horse (this is funny since a lot of the book is taken up by how difficult/expensive/prone to keel over dead rescue horses are). It's very preachy and got on my nerves.

Here's a woman who lives in a beautiful (in reality, it is not a run down dump - it is a gorgeous manor) house in one of the most spectacularly scenic parts of England where she rescues animals. For many people, this would be fulfilling but not Liz. Suddenly, after leaving London she wants to go back and slot back into her old life. Then on her trips back into London, she wants to be in Exmoor again.

I know she's a bit eccentric and I enjoy a good moan now and again but this was just a depressing collection of "sketches" that all have a tone of "woe is me". The tone of the book would be easier to believe if she wasn't sitting wrapped in designer cashmire on her designer couch typing it on her expensive laptop while her gardener and friend Nic took care of the animals, house and garden.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Angel Jem VINE VOICE on 6 July 2010
Format: Paperback
If you are going to move to the country and find nothing better to do than to skit everyone in a weekly newspaper column, caring for cute kittens and not so cute horses with an absolute idiot of a husband (ex-husband) somewhere in the vicinity so that you run up immense debts on hotels and shopping in London, because there are no decent shops in the country, then ask your self, What kind of an idiot am I? Probably just as much of an idiot as the person who buys this book. With respect, Liz Jones bores me. She has this book out to help make money when she keeps whining on about her life and debts ad nauseum in the Mail on Sunday. If Ms Jones isn't happy in the country, then why can't she move back to the Big City and leave another building free for a local who can't find a situation. Oh, I forgot; the debts. I didn't buy this book, Ms Jones, I dislike the way you have talked about your neighbours and your life for ages. Please, do me a favour, find a proper job that pays something, like a shop assistant or the nice Chanel make up lady and let the countryside go on in its own sweet way without you. My money will be better spent on a better cause. I may just give it to the NSPCC.
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