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Praise for 'They Eat Horses, Don’t They? The Truth About The French'

A highly entertaining book… The France she depicts offers a welcome corrective to the charming postcard tableaux on display in the faux innocent-abroad works that have proliferated like multicolored macarons.
— The New York Times Book Review
[A] very funny take-down of French stereotypes… Eatwell’s tome is not only humorous, but also painstakingly researched.
— The Boston Globe
Eatwell’s myth busting has broad appeal and will draw in readers, from Francophiles to history and culture buffs alike.
— Library Journal
Lovers of Paris will enjoy Eatwell’s chronicles of her journeys…Entertaining mini-essays that debunk common idealized conceptions of the French.
— Kirkus Reviews
British-born francophile and France-resident Eatwell conducts a lighthearted journey through her adopted country by setting the record straight on commonly held stereotypes about the French… the combination of history, trivia, and firsthand observations offers insights into the cultures on both ends of the Channel.
— Publishers Weekly
Eatwell’s smart book is an entertaining procession through French history and culture as well as a shrewd portrait of contemporary France, it’s full of surprises and revelations.
— Chicago Tribune
With a lawyer’s forensic approach, she examines the stereotypes of French life, so beloved of the British in particular, and discovers that many are completely false.
— Daily Mail (UK)
Eatwell’s fun but informative cultural overview delights in exploding a few myths that the British in particular have about the French, but it’s also a timely answer to the slew of studies promoting a French way of life”
— Independent on Sunday (UK)
Eatwell…offers an entertaining and fluently written tour around the subject, touching on everything from adultery to the bad smell of the Paris Metro.
— Charles Bremner, The Times (UK)
An intriguing portrait of just how much France has changed over the past 50 years or so.
— The Spectator (UK)
A fine read.
— The Spectator (UK)
 

Winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category.

Radio interviews given for They Eat Horses include: Radio Verulam 92.6 arts show, Talk Radio Europe, The Moncrieff Show, Radio Hertfordshire, Frommer’s Travel Show, Big Blend Radio Show, Rudy Maxa’s World Travel Show, with author-written features in Harpers Bazaar and The Barnes & Noble Review.


Praise for 'The Dead Duke, his Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse'

A juicy narrative history packed with revelations about unsavory goings-on among the upper classes in late Victorian England.
— Boston Globe
It’s Downton Abbey meets The Addams Family in Piu Marie Eatwell’s The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse, a delightfully offbeat history of a bizarre Edwardian legal case that became tabloid fodder and kept the British public spellbound for a decade. . . . Eatwell’s marvelous book reads like a Wilkie Collins gothic novel, but at times truth is stranger than fiction.
— Library Journal, Editor’s Picks
…a lively account of the light shone through these embarrassing proceedings on the lies, deceit and hypocrisy of Victorian society and their tragic consequences.
— The Times (UK)
The rigorous research is the book’s strength. Eatwell often digresses to insert background, enriching the narrative with juicy details from the time period, or to note other sensational cases (both George Eliot and Charles Dickens were involved in double lives, for instance), positing that the period’s restrictive social mores often forced people into scandalous situations.
— Publishers Weekly
An engrossing tale of mystery, lies and intrigue.
— Kirkus.
A superb unraveling of a sensational mystery – and an absolutely gripping read.
— David King, bestselling author of ‘Death in the City of Light’
The Dead Duke reads like the very best kind of engaging conversation…from someone passionate about and knowledgeable on a subject.
— All About History
An utterly enthralling story and a light on the underside of Victorian and Edwardian life.
— The Bookseller
Eatwell has undertaken a mountain of research, yet although her story is factual there is much artistry in the telling.
— The Historical Novel Society
A lively and well-researched treat for fans of real-life historical mysteries.
— Family Tree Magazine
A brilliant forensic analysis of the intriguing Druce case, and wonderfully revealing of the many layers beneath Victorian respectability.
— Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, judge on Richard III reinterment case
The Druce-Portland case gripped Edwardian England, and you can see why. An eccentric Duke, a mysterious claimant to the title, a long legal battle to open a grave in pursuit of a huge fortune – it’s a thoroughly engrossing story, in the best traditions of Mr Whicher.
— Nicholas Best, author of ‘Tennis and the Masai’ and ‘Five Days that Shocked the World’
The story of the Duke of Portland and his fortune makes compelling reading.
— M.J. Trow, author of the ‘Inspector Lestrade’ detective series
An astonishing mixture of formidable research and great storytelling.
— Tim Bentinck, actor, voice of David Archer in BBC series The Archers, 12th Earl of Portland and distant cousin of the 5th Duke of Portland, the subject of the book

Praise for 'The Dead Duke, his Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse
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