Wise Follies

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Why waving goodbye to Mr Wonderful may be the wisest folly of all...

Alice Evans has got a GSOH, GFCH (gas-fired central heating), a cat and a Mitsubishi colour portable.  People have told her she can look pretty if she tries. She's thirty-eight and single, so will someone please pass the message on?

What Alice thinks she needs is Mr Wonderful. A man like her pottery teacher, James Mitchel, who's warm and wise and gorgeous. But as one ...

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Why waving goodbye to Mr Wonderful may be the wisest folly of all...

Alice Evans has got a GSOH, GFCH (gas-fired central heating), a cat and a Mitsubishi colour portable.  People have told her she can look pretty if she tries. She's thirty-eight and single, so will someone please pass the message on?

What Alice thinks she needs is Mr Wonderful. A man like her pottery teacher, James Mitchel, who's warm and wise and gorgeous. But as one long, hot summer disappears with no sign of her snaring the man of her dreams, Alice is forced to consider the alternatives.

Should she settle for Mr Mediocre, her dull but dependable ex boyfriend Eamon, and spend the rest of her days trying to like golf?

Or could there be another way for a woman to ditch all the longing - and really start living her life?

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Editorial Reviews

The Irish Examiner

When you think Alice, think Bridget Fonda chasing Matt Dillon in Singles, think Kirsty MacColl singing 'I put you on a pedestal/You put me on the pill'... This is a novel about finding yourself, and we can't but cheer for Alice's gradual emancipation.

Irish Tatler

Wise Follies is a smooth refreshing read… Bring tissues and a paper bag to laugh into when you read this book outside the privacy of your home.

Woman & Home

Sharp, funny and moving.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905170630
  • Publisher: Accent Press, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Wynne-Jones was born and brought up in Ireland and has also lived in Africa, the US and England. She is the author of four critically acclaimed novels and her feature articles have appeared in many magazines and national papers in Ireland and in England. She has frequently been praised for the warm belly-laugh humour and tender poignancy in her writing and has been described as 'a novelist who tells the truth about the human heart'.

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My name is Alice Evans. I’m thirty-eight, single, and very keen on art and gardening. I’m also growing increasingly fond of my cat and watch far more television than I used to. I’ve been celibate for over a year and occasionally find small spiky hairs on my chin. I don’t think these two things are necessarily connected. I think my not having sex has more to do with my being rather disillusioned with men in general. Get me on the subject of men on a chin-hair day and I can sound as knowledgeably resigned as any political pundit. This is because I’ve been waiting to meet my Mr Wonderful for years now, but he still hasn’t swooped me off on his white charger. In fact, I think by this stage he’s probably married or become bisexual or a Buddhist.

In my more realistic romantic moments I remind myself that men are not the answer anyway. They are just another question…and a very puzzling one at that. There’s even a book called Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Certainly many of my romantic entanglements have a fairly inter-galactic feel about them. I wish I could summon Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek to help me sort them out.

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