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The Perfect Summer

England 1911, Just Before the Storm
Nicolson, Juliet (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Topping the best-seller charts in Britain, The Perfect Summer chronicles a glorious English summer a century ago when the world was on the cusp of irrevocable change. In the summer of 1911 a new king was crowned and the aristocracy was at play, bounding from one house party to the next. At a London debutante charity ball where the other girls came dressed as virginal white swans, the striking debutante Lady Diana Manners made a late appearance as a black swan. The Ballets Russes arrived in London for the first time and people swarmed to Covent Garden to see Nijinsky's gravity-defying leaps. Through the tight lens of four months, Juliet Nicolson's rich storytelling gifts evoke for us the sights, colors, and feelings of a bygone era. But perfection was not for all. Cracks in the social fabric were showing and the country was brought to a standstill by industrial strikes. Led by the charismatic Ben Tillett, the Southampton Dockers' Union paralyzed shipping in the country's ports. Unionist Mary Macarthur inspired women from the sweated industries to take to the streets in protest of intolerable conditions. Home Secretary Winston Churchill, fearing that the country was on the verge of collapse, gave in to demands for wage increases. Temperatures rose steadily to more than one hundred degrees; by August deaths from heatstroke were too many for newspapers to report. Drawing on material from intimate and rarely seen sources and narrated through the eyes of a series of exceptional individuals--among them a debutante, a choirboy, a politician, a trade unionist, a butler, and the queen--The Perfect Summer is a vividly rendered glimpse of the twilight of the Edwardian era.
Authors: Nicolson, Juliet
Title: The perfect summer
England 1911, just before the storm
Publisher: New York : Grove Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: xiii, 290 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Notes: Originally published: London : John Murray, 2006
ISBN: 0802118461
Branch Call Number: 942.083 N548p 2006
Statement of Responsibility: Juliet Nicolson
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Social structure Great Britain History 20th century Great Britain Social conditions 20th century Social classes Great Britain History 20th century Great Britain History George V, 1910-1936 Great Britain Social life and customs 20th century
Topical Term: Social structure
Social classes
LCCN: 2006048854
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Sep 01, 2014
  • zipread rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm. --- by Juliet Nicolson I have become that dreadful of a creature. I have become the grumpy reader. And I owe much of that to books such as this. This history is mostly about Lord Tweedle Dum and his wife Tweedle Dee. It is about mistresses and corsets and people who die of smokers’ throat.And let's not forget the running of the Ascot (or was that the Epsom?) It is written by an author who, most importantly, describes herself according to her hyphenated lineage. Us egalitarian peasants never got past the first few pages.

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