A razor-sharp and achingly funny memoir of the men and movies that shaped one woman's life. A unique and wondeful memoir, 'Madame Depardieu and the Beautiful Strangers' is the story of how a young female film critic's love-life is affected (and nearly ruined) by her obsession with male movie stars. As her increasingly hapless hunt for the right man unfolds and her television and newspaper career unravels, our heroine finally begins to understand that difficult truth: life is just not like the movies. Entwined with digressions on great screen actors -- her dream-life with Gerard Depardieu; a personal ad seeking out Tom Cruise; a disastrous climactic encounter with Jeff Bridges -- 'Madame Depardieu and the Beautiful Strangers' is a helter-skelter ride through love and the movies which reads like a screwball comedy. And the screwball is our heroine, who seems to know everything about movies and the human heart, and nothing about anything else. Written in a fresh and utterly engaging voice, 'Madame Depardieu and the Beautiful Strangers' is both moving and hilarious -- a bittersweet and endearingly honest one-off.
'Breathless, pretentious and fantastically clever. It is impossible to tire of Antonia Quirke's prose...' - Independent
'...a mad, marvellous film crazed memoir...beautifully written, shamelessly honest and deeply comical...extremely funny.' - Sunday Times