“Lucy Wadham was born in London in 1964 and educated at Oxford. She lives in France and is the author of three novels: Lost, which was short-listed for the Golden Dagger Award for crime fiction, Castro’s Dream and Greater Love.”
The Secret Life of France, published in paperback in July 2010, is about my experience of France. When I was 19 I ran away from English boys and into the arms of a Frenchman…
“Anyone who is remotely curious about what makes the French tick (and I was curious enough to marry a French woman) will love this book. Lucy Wadham, now divorced from her French husband, but married, for better or worse, to his native land, peels off layer after layer of French convention, prejudice and sheer unimpeachable style to lay the nation‘s psyche bare. She does so with a delicious wit that is paradoxically both merciless and forgiving. From adultery to nuclear proliferation, it’s all here, as juicy and satisfying as a steak served bleu. And in explaining and exploring our love hate relationship with our nearest neighbours, she tells us more than a little about ourselves. I really couldn’t put this book down. And now my wife can’t put it down.” Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
“In The Secret Life of France, Lucy Wadham examines the profound and varied differences between the Anglo Saxon and French world-views. Using her own experience, as a wife and mother, and later as an investigative journalist for the BBC, she explores French attitudes towards sex, marriage, adultery, money, work, happiness, war, and race and in so doing reveals much about our own priorities and the nature of our identity. The Secret Life of France challenges our preconceptions about France and debunks many of the myths – bleak and rosy – on which our view of France rests, and asks whether we might have something to learn from this most infuriating and contrary neighbour?”