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Set in Provence, London, and New York, this is a daughter’s wonderfully evocative and witty memoir of her mother and stepfather—Dee Wells, the glamorous and rebellious American journalist, and A. J. Ayer, the celebrated and worldly Oxford philosopher—and the life they lived at the center of absolutely everything.

Gully Wells takes us into the heart of London’s liberated intellectual inner circle of the 1960s. Here are Alan Bennett, Isaiah Berlin, Iris Murdoch, Bertrand Russell, Jonathan Miller, Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens, Robert Kennedy, and later in New York, Mayor Lindsay and Mike Tyson, her mother as a television commentator earning a reputation for her outspoken style and progressive views, her stepfather—an icon in the world of twentieth-century philosophy—proving himself as prodigious a womanizer as he was a thinker. And throughout, there is La Migoua, the house in France, on a hill between Toulon and Marseilles, where her parents and their friends came together and where Gully herself learned some of the long-lasting lessons of a life well lived.

This is a dazzling portrait of a woman who “caught the spirit of the sixties” and one of the most important intellectual figures of the twentieth century, drawn from the vivid memory of the child who adored them both.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Travel, celebrity, infidelity—and a generous dose of Provence…fascinating.”

    Peter Mayle, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Gorgeous, smart—indeed, brilliant—utterly captivating. And beautifully written. I can’t think when I’ve enjoyed a memoir so much.”

    Christopher Buckley, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is a superbly entertaining memoir full of delicious anecdote, witty portraiture, and unexpected pathos. I have been dining out for weeks on stories stolen from this volume.”

    Zoë Heller, author of What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal

  • “Delightful…What makes [Wells’] memoir so distinct is the combination of her voice—erudite, wry, and very funny—and the way her parents’ celebrity worlds influenced her childhood.”

    Washington Post

  • “Hilariously scathing and searingly frank.”


  • “In her tender, witty memoir, Gully Wells immortalizes her impossibly well-connected parents…and their magical life at a beloved summer home.”

    Marie Claire

  • “An engaging tribute…Wells does an excellent job with her portrayal of her mother as a force to be reckoned with.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Desire and ambition, creativity and fame, betrayal and love, all take on new dimensions in Wells’ sparkling and spiky look back at protean and brilliant iconoclasts.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Gully’s writing is like her marvelous figure—lean, provocative, and built for humor.”

    Rupert Everett, actor

  • “Gully describes her coming-of-age and her family, friends, and lovers honestly and entertainingly, with plenty of gossipy details…[A] light, engaging literary memoir.”

    Library Journal

  • “The stories of Wells’ mother and Ayer are a delight to read and revealing when dealing with the captivating personalities of their generation, which included, among many others, Christopher Hitchens, Alan Bennett, Bertrand Russell, Iris Murdoch, and Martin Amis.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Author Gully Wells

Gully Wells was born in Paris, brought up in London, educated at Oxford, and moved to New York in 1979. She is the features editor of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children. The House in France is her first book.