The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm

The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm

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by Juliet Nicolson
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555848705
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/12/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
144,315
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Juliet Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, and the daughter of Nigel Nicolson. She is a journalist and writer and lives in London and at Sissinghurst in Kent.

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Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect summer book! It is a completely fascinating look at moments in time in people's lives. You see the young Churchill, and many other people from the summer of 1911. Juliet Nicholson's writing is engaging, captivating, and you really see and feel the era of that particular summer. It is like little stories within stories -- it moves along with different people and what they were doing. It is also historical and well-researched. One haunting aspect -- people had no idea what was coming next. I enjoyed this book a great deal!
ThomasHill More than 1 year ago
The author gathered so much wonderful material for this book, and that is itself an instructive pleasure to read. But she added little in terms of insight into the period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The subject matter was interesting but the book was so badly edited - if edited at all - it was difficult to plough through. it was one lengthy paragraph after another.
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