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Audrey's Gone AWOL

Annie de Monchaux

It’s never too late to reinvent your life

Audrey Lamont has happily devoted herself to family life for the best part of 40 years, but lately she’s become aware that she lost herself somewhere between 'I do' and the weekly shop.
Worse, her academic husband Simon has found time for romance – just not with Audrey. Feeling invisible to everyone, even herself, she flees to her aunt’s home in rural France.
While waiting for her sudden absence to spark a change of heart in Simon, Audrey finds solace in the charms of the French countryside and the company of her aged aunt and a cast of eccentric Bretons.
But soon Audrey discovers going AWOL might do more than save her marriage, it might change her life …
Audrey’s Gone AWOL is a funny and beautifully observed story about losing yourself, finding yourself, and discovering joy.

About the Author

Annie de Monchaux is an English, West Australian-based writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her nonfiction anthology Cray Tales was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards and the basis of a CBS Australia documentary. Prior to this, Annie worked in Hollywood, rewriting scripts for films such as Superman II, III & IV and The Shell Game

Praise for Audrey's Gone AWOL

 a wonderful novel brimming with quaint vignettes of village life and keen observations on love, death and living authentically...a delight that will warm your heart’ – Books+Publishing


‘Monchaux is one of those ... writers who knows just how much to ladle and when.’ – The Australian Women’s Weekly


‘At once savvy and funny and wise, full of insights into the heart and power of the middle-aged woman. Audrey is a triumph.’ – Kristina Olssen, author of Shell


‘Deeply engaging, witty and warm, Audrey is an absolute delight!’ – Louise Wolhuter, author of An Afterlife of Rosemary Lamb


Shirley Valentine for the new millennium. This is my book of the year.’ – Louise Allan, author of The Sisters’ Song





Pub Date
April 2024




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