The Perfect Summer

The Perfect Summer
Author(s): Juliet Nicolson


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Dancing into Shadow in 1911 The summer of 1911 was one of the high sunlit meadows of English history. A new king was crowned; audiences swarmed to Covent Garden to see Nijinsky's gravity-defying leaps; the aristocracy was at play, bounding from one house party to the next; and industrial strikes exposed the chasm between privileged and poor, while children, seeking relief from the scorching sun, drowned in village ponds. What the protagonists could not have known is that in a few years time the world, let alone England, would never be the same again. Through the eyes of a series of exceptional individuals - a debutante, a suffragette, a politician, a trade unionist, a butler and the Queen - Juliet Nicolson illuminates a turning point in history. With the gifts of a great storyteller, she rekindles a vision of a time when the sun shone, but its shadows fell on all.

Social history of a high order, which may make you glad you live nearly a century later' - Melvin Bragg, Daily Mail

'Nicolson conjures a moment when the unchanged rituals of English existence began to collide with modern life' - Olivia Laing, Guardian Unlimited '... every fresh passage lit by radiant detail and finely-judged quotation' - Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

'1911, the period which Juliet Nicolson writes about so beautifully ... rich and marvellously researched evocation of the Edwardian age at its doom-laden apogee' - Barry Humphries, Sunday Telegraph

  • Read by: Beth Chalmers
  • Playing time: 11hrs 30mins
  • No. of CDs: 9
  • ISBN: 978-1-84648-222-9

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