In a delightful detour from the usual Daily Mail fare, the paper has published a long, lilting excerpt from Three Things You Need To Know  About Rockets, a memoir by former LA NASA media consultant Jessica Fox. The book is out now in the UK and will be available in the U.S. July 9.

The chapter is all about her wacky one-month sojourn in a remote part of Scotland. It started with a Google search (“used bookshop Scotland”) and quick email reply from Euan, owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, who asked for more details about this strange west coast lady offering to work for free in return for room and board.

Fox moved to LA from Boston after a bad break-up and for a brief time, everything was hunky freeway dory:

I embraced the LA lifestyle. I joined a meditation group, I drank my weight in wheatgrass shots and had my chakras realigned.

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