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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.

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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 Nicolsons 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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Topping the charts in Britain, this witty, dishy, and smart ("Entertainment Weekly") bestseller chronicles a glorious English summer a century ago, when the world was on the cusp of irrevocable change.

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K N, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by K N)
A fascinating blend of social, political and economic history with a bit of fashion and below-stairs gossip thrown in, this is a highly readable and thoroughly enjoyable account of England on the brink during one hot, long summer. Those of us who live in Portland may never have known such a sultry time, but 1911 was a time of social and political unrest that cut across all strata of society - and these Edwardians could barely guess at the horrors of World War I that were looming just around the corner. Told through the eyes of young debutantes, society mavens, a new queen, and even a young Winston Churchill, this is summer reading that will still engage the brain.
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ISBN:
9780802143679
Author:
Nicolson, Juliet
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Great Britain Social life and customs.
Subject:
Great Britain Social conditions.
Subject:
World History-England General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of BandW illustrations
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 13.5 oz

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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 Nicolsons 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.
"Synopsis" by , Topping the charts in Britain, this witty, dishy, and smart ("Entertainment Weekly") bestseller chronicles a glorious English summer a century ago, when the world was on the cusp of irrevocable change.
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