The Exmoor Files: How I Lost A Husband And Found Rural Bliss

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Orion, Aug 6, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages

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

Liz Jones lived the perfect urban life. The immaculate Georgian townhouse in a leafy London square. The glamorous career. The Italian wardrobe stuffed with designer bags and shoes. The much younger novelist husband. But then it all goes horribly wrong. She discovers her husband has been having numerous affairs (with women who are younger, dimmer, slimmer) and realises that her pursuit of perfection has never made her happy, and probably never will.

And so she decides to start all over again, burying herself alive in the middle of the bleak, unforgiving wilderness that is Exmoor National Park. She buys a wreck of a farmhouse, with an original stable block, 46 acres, an ancient wood and a lake. She rescues a nervous and abused but breathtakingly beautiful racehorse and hopes to live out the rural dream. The reality, of course, is much, much harder.

THE EXMOOR FILES is a funny, honest, often brutal real-life account of what it is like to start all over again in an alien environment. It is about discovering that you cannot find peace just by moving somewhere peaceful. It is about mourning for a relationship and letting go of the life you thought you deserved.

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User Review  - GillyG - LibraryThing

This book fascinated me. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of the change in lifestyle and the animals Liz Jones rescued. I liked her wit and admired her raw honesty. However I disliked her ... Read full review

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User Review  - coolmama - LibraryThing

Pauvre Liz! Admitted anorexic, ex-Fashion editor of Mare Claire (UK), ex wife or famous author who is 16 yrs her junior, decides to write a "tell all" of her failed marriage (she sounds slightly high ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Liz Jones is a columnist for the 'Mail on Sunday', Fashion Editor of the 'Daily Mail' and a former editor of 'Marie Claire'. She lives in Somerset.

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