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The Perfect Summer

England 1911, Just Before the Storm
Nicolson, Juliet (Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Baker & Taylor
Chronicling four months during 1911, an evocative portrait of an English society on the brink of turbulent change describes such milestones as the crowning of a new king, strikes that paralyzed British industry, and the first London appearance of the Ballets Russes, from the viewpoints of a debutante, a suffragette, a trade unionist, a butler, a politician, the queen, and others. 25,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
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 Group West
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.


Authors: Nicolson, Juliet
Statement of Responsibility: Juliet Nicolson
Title: The perfect summer
England 1911, just before the storm
Publisher: New York : Grove Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006
Characteristics: xiii, 290 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-276) and index
Subject Headings: Social structure Great Britain History 20th century Great Britain Social conditions 20th century Social classes Great Britain History 20th century Great Britain History George V, 1910-1936 Great Britain Social life and customs 20th century
Topical Term: Social structure
Social classes
LCCN: 2006048854
ISBN: 9780802118462
0802118461
Branch Call Number: 942.083 N
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The granddaughter of the scandalous literary couple Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, Juliet Nicholson has written a fascinating anecdotal history of Edwardian high society at it’s zenith during one long, hot summer.


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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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