Olivia Curtis wakes to her seventeenth birthday and her presents: a roll of flame-coloured silk for her first evening dress, a diary for her innermost thoughts, a china ornament, and a ten shilling note. Safe within the bosom of a family at once lovingly familiar yet curiously remote, she stands poised on the brink of womanhood, anticipating her first dance with tremulous uncertainty and excitement - the greatest, yet most terrifying, event in her restricted social life.
For her pretty, poised elder sister, Kate, the dance will be a triumph, but for Olivia, shy and awkward, what will it be?
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Rosamond Lehmann (1901 1990) was born on the day of Queen Victoria s funeral, in Buckinghamshire, England, the second of four children. In 1927, a few years after graduating from the University of Cambridge, she published her first novel, "Dusty Answer", to critical acclaim and instantaneous celebrity. Lehmann continued to write and publish between 1930 and 1976, penning works including "The Weather in the Streets", "The Ballad and the Source", and the short memoir"The Swan in the Evening". Lehmann was made aCommanderof the Order of the British Empire(CBE)in 1982 and remains one of the most distinguished novelists of the twentieth century.Review:
“Utterly charming and so deperately true that it almost hurts” —The New York Times
“The kind of novel that Keats might have written.” —Alfred Noyes
“Lehmann has always written brilliantly of women in love.” —Margaret Drabble
“A novelist in the grand tradition . . . an innovator . . . the first writer to filter her stories through a woman’s feelings and perceptions.” —Anita Brookner
“No English writer has told of the pains of women in love more truly or more movingly than Rosamond Lehmann.” —Marghanita Laski
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