The House in France

Gully Wells discusses her memoir of her mother and stepfather—Dee Wells, the glamorous and rebellious American journalist, and A. J. Ayer, the celebrated and worldly Oxford philosopher. In The House in France, she tells of their lively lives, at the center of the intellectual circle of the 1960s, and the family’s old farmhouse in France, where her parents and their friends came together every year, and where Gully herself learned some of the enduring lessons of a life well lived.