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My Life as a Wife: Love, Liquor and What to Do About Other Women
     

My Life as a Wife: Love, Liquor and What to Do About Other Women

by Elisabeth Luard
 

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Born in London during the Blitz, Elisabeth Luard – step-daughter of a British diplomat and reluctant debutante in her teens - was working as an office typist at Private Eye when she fell for the 'King of Satire' Nicholas Luard. At just twenty-one years old, she married him. As the pioneer of Britain's satire movement, Nicholas was intelligent, handsome

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Born in London during the Blitz, Elisabeth Luard – step-daughter of a British diplomat and reluctant debutante in her teens - was working as an office typist at Private Eye when she fell for the 'King of Satire' Nicholas Luard. At just twenty-one years old, she married him. As the pioneer of Britain's satire movement, Nicholas was intelligent, handsome and charismatic, yet he was also unreliable, a philanderer and very often only just ahead of the bank. Their life together may not always have been easy, but it was certainly never dull.

Tracing the fascinating years they spent together in London to their years in Spain, France, the Hebrides and Wales with their four children, Luard's frank and bittersweet memoir takes us through the best and the worst of their marriage, and chronicles Nicholas's devastating descent into alcoholism. Yet this is also a story of hope as well as sadness - the healing power of children, the comfort and pleasure of good food and the simple joy of making life work. Both honest and tender, it is an account of a life shared and, above all, of a love story with flaws.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408831250
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Elisabeth Luard is an award-winning food writer whose work includesEuropean Peasant Cookery (published in the US as The Old World Kitchen, a New York Times benchmark cookbook of the twentieth century), The Food of Spain and Portugal, European Festival Food, Sacred Food and The Latin American Kitchen. She has also written a couple of doorstopper novels including Emerald (WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award), and a trio of memoirs-with-recipes including Family Life (Guild of Food Writers' Book of the Year 1997), and was awarded the Glenfiddich Trophy for Foodwriting in 2007.She contributes regularly to national newspapers and magazines including The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Country Living and The Oldie and is currently Director of The Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery. She lives in west Wales.

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