For most people I know, having a daily – if not hourly – browse of the Mail Online is something of a guilty pleasure. Whether you like the Showbiz & Gossip page, the Femail or the Sport, visiting the Mail Online has, in recent years, become a daily habit for people all over the world. So much so, in fact, that the Daily Mail’s readership has recently overtaken that of The Sun’s – a paper which has long held the top spot.
Thus, I would be rather surprised if many people hadn’t heard of, if not read an article written by, Daily Mail Journalist Samantha Brick. She caused huge controversy last year when she penned an article that featured both online in imprint entitled ‘Why Women Hate Me For Being Beautiful‘ and has since become known as the antithesis to feminism.
Often a fan of the underdog, however, I was quite keen to read Head Over Heels in France – Brick’s memoir of leaving London and falling in love with France. Having always had a romanticised view of France, and indeed longing for the day when I, too, can leave behind the smog of London in favour of rural village life in the South of France, the topic of the book certainly resonated with me.
Brick speaks honestly about the hardships that caused her move to France and the book is written in a colloquial manner that endears the reader. Following the bankruptcy of her business, Brick goes from living a privileged life on a six-figure salary in Richmond, to a grotty sounding cottage on the outskirts of Birmingham. Suffering from depression and unable to see a light at the end of a tunnel, her mother pays for her to visit a friend in France, which sees the beginning of a romance – with both France itself and Pascal – that man she would later move to France for and marry.
An easy, light-hearted read, Head Over Heels in France is a charming book that further whets my appetite for a quiet life in rural France.