Book review: Surf Mama, Wilma Johnson

Book review: <i>Surf Mama</i>, Wilma Johnson

Surf Mama
Wilma Johnson, Summersdale, £8.99

An autobiographical novel by a self-professed earth mother turned surf babe, who after ten years living on the remote west coast of Ireland had three children, a few chickens, a failing marriage and the beginnings of a mid-life crisis to show for it. The answer: relocate to Biarritz and defy the male-dominated surfing scene by learning to surf. Though her writing is narcissistic at times, Wilma is hilarious. Her tongue-in-cheek humour makes it seem okay to reinvent yourself post-40, post-children and post-divorce, to admit your shortcomings but to throw them aside and ride the wave. It’s a light-hearted read for women looking for inspiration to change their path. ★★★

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With a BA in French and History of Art from the University of Bristol, Florence spent a year living in Paris, studying Art History at the Sorbonne and working in publishing. She travels regularly back to France for both work and pleasure. Florence's passion for France revolves around its gastronomy, art and pleasure-seeking lifestyle, and the rebellious streak found only in a nation constantly looking for an excuse to go on strike!

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