August, 1939. Five cousins gather for the annual summer ritual of a holiday at their aunt's house in Cornwall; for most of them it is the last summer of their youth. The heady exhilarations of the freedoms brought on by loss of innocence, and fear, are around the corner. War will change everything.
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Mary Wesley was born in Berkshire. She wrote two children's books before publishing her first adult novel in 1983 at the age of 70. Since then she has produced a succession of books dealing with middle-class mores, each written with ironic, detached amusement, and taking an unblinkered, though compassionate look at sexual values. One of the best known is The Camomile Lawn, which considers sexual and emotional relationships in the turmoil of World War II. It, like several of her novels has been made into a television series.Review:
"Provides equal does of sex and repression in war-torn Britain with panache and pace" * The Times * "A very good book indeed...rich in detail, careful and subtle in observation, mature in judgement" -- Susan Hill "Extraordinarily accomplished and fast-moving" * Financial Times * "It's hard to overpraise Mary Wesley's novel...so tingling and spry with life that put a mirror to the book and I'll almost swear it will mist over with the breath of the five young cousins" * The Times *
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Book Description Summit Books, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110333368924