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.
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.
'As an example of 'the truth about country life' genre, her book is brightly written and often funny.' [Sunday Times.]'Jones is a brilliant, witty writer.' [London Lite.]'There lies a sort of steely courage: of a woman facing the process of ageing and mortality on her own, as best she can.' [Daily Mail.]
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13th May 2010
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.302