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The Perfect Summer

England 1911, Just Before the Storm

Nicolson, Juliet

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
The Perfect Summer
The Perfect Summer chronicles a glorious English summer a century ago when the world was on the cusp of irrevocable change. Through the tight lens of four months, Juliet Nicolson's rich storytelling gifts rivet us with the sights, colors, and feelings of a bygone era. That summer of 1911 a new king was crowned and the aristocracy was at play, bounding from one house party to the next. But perfection was not for all. Cracks in the social fabric were showing. The country was brought to a standstill by industrial strikes. Temperatures rose steadily to more than 100 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.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0802118461
Branch Call Number: 942.083 N548p 2006
Characteristics: xiii, 290 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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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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