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In the summer of 1909, young Nell Golightly starts work as a housemaid at the Orchard Tea Gardens in Grantchester just when a new lodger arrives -- the poet Rupert Brooke, whose boyish good looks are already causing a stir. Nell soon realises that everyone he meets falls in love with him, while he remains flippant and flirtatious. And despite her good sense, even she begins to fall under his spell. What is his secret? Does he prefer men? Is he, in fact, capable of love at all? With great skill and playfulness, Jill Dawson gives voice to Rupert Brooke himself in this seductive and poignant novel. Revealing a man far more surprising, complex and radical than his romanticised image suggests, The Great Lover powerfully conveys the allure of charisma as it traces the mysterious workings of the human heart. Jill Dawson is the author of Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred & Edie, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize, Wild Boy and Watch Me Disappear, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize.
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In 1909, sixteen-year-old Nell Golightly is a housemaid at a popular tea garden near Cambridge University, and Rupert Brooke, a new tenant, is already causing a stir with his boyish good looks and habit of swimming naked in nearby Byron's Pool. Despite her good sense, Nell seems to be falling under the radical young poet's spell, even though Brooke apparently adores no one but himself. Could he ever love a housemaid? Is he, in fact, capable of love at all?
Jill Dawson's The Great Lover imaginatively and playfully gives new voice to Rupert Brooke through the poet's own words and through the remembrances of the spirited Nell. An extraordinary novel, it powerfully conveys the allure of charisma as it captures the mysterious and often perverse workings of the human heart.About the Author:
Jill Dawson is the author of TRICK OF THE LIGHT, MAGPIE, FRED AND EDIE, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize, WILD BOY and WATCH ME DISAPPEAR, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize She is currently the Royal Literary Fund Fellow in Writing at the University of East Anglia. Born in Durham, she now lives with her family in the Fens.
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Book Description Sceptre, London, 2009. Soft cover. Condition: New. 1st Edition. Uncorrected Proof. Prompt Postage with free tracking within Australia. Seller Inventory # 004998
Book Description Sceptre, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0340979097