The House in France: A Memoir Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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'A superbly entertaining memoir full of delicious anecdote, witty portraiture, and unexpected pathos' (Zoe Heller)
'Travel, celebrity, infidelity - and a generous dose of Provence. Charming and fascinating' (Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence)
'Gully's writing is like her marvellous figure: lean, provocative and built for humour' (Rupert Everett)
The cast of characters in Gully Wells's memoir is certainly entertaining ... exquisitely delivered (Sunday Times)
So extravagantly entertaining are the opening chapters that you feel this might possibly be the most generous book ever written. Wells piles our plates high (Frances Wilson Times Literary Supplement)
A vivid, funny and moving memoir about growing up in an astonishing family; a love-letter to a mother and to an extraordinary houseSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Dee Wells moved to London in the mid-1950's - young daughter in tow - after divorcing her husband. Dee and the ex split up on very good terms and remained friends and active in each other's lives until Dee's death. In fact, almost everyone in Gully's life were on good terms with everyone else. Former girlfriends and lovers mixed with current and future ones and the crowd Dee and Freddy (Ayer) ran with were amazingly, say, "lenient" in their morals. But they were a creative and intellectual bunch - Martin Amis, Bertrand Russell, Christopher Hitchins were among the few in the Ayers/Wells "crowd". Gully was given an education along the way and ended up at Oxford. She eventually married and settled with her - one and only - husband in the US.
But along the way, Gully Wells had fun. Fun in London, Oxford, Paris, the South of France, and New York. She had many friends - both male and female - but her closest friend was probably her mother, Dee. By turns loving, mercurial, perplexing, and other ying/yangs, Dee had a profound influence on Gully. And no where was that felt more than in Dee's house near Toulon. Dee entertained at the house and there were always visitors and adventures, both at home and at the restaurants and beaches in Provence.Read more ›
Gully Wells' writing reminds me of Nancy Mitford at her very best-penetrating, moving, acerbic and very witty-some of her descriptions had me laughing uncontrollably. Especially about the man in charge of the local beach.
Please, Gully, go on to write a novel, or several!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good easy read. Fascinating insight into some of the real life characters that appear throughout the book.Published 8 months ago by K. M. Mrs Jones
Beautifully written. I really, really enjoyed this.
This is the most beautiful and loving a tribute from a daughter to her mother, and what an interesting mother she was! Read morePublished 11 months ago by CC Didsbury
Did not really give an insight into the authors mother but focussed more on the author herself which was disappointingPublished 18 months ago by Mrs. S. Money
It is very well written. It is funny and tragic, and in reality a story about a mother who was much to much, and much to little in too many ways. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Isabella Balkert
This book was enthralling. How she described France, the food, the herbs, the perfume was simply magical. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Zelda
I absolutely adored this book. Read it while on holiday in France - perfect timing indeed. Highly recommended to all.Published on 16 Jun. 2014 by Ms H Jones
I really enjoyed this. It isn't like other French memoir books written by expats whose sole focus is their penny-pinching ways, the fear they'll move back to the UK, crap artisans,... Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2014 by S Winspur