The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm

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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555848705
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/12/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 181,154
  • File size: 3 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    The Perfect Summer

    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!

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    the imperfect summer

    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.

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