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Book Review: Juliet Nicholson’s The Perfect Summer

51jouu3tjfl_sl160_A Perfect Summer chronicles the glorious summer of 1911, when life seemed to have a golden timeless quality, because it is set in sharp relief by the horrors of the Great War (1914-1918) that followed shortly thereafter.

We see the upper classes enjoying themselves at a charity ball, where the young ladies appear as white swans, except for the toast of the town Lady Diana Manners, who appears as a black swan.  We see the Ballets Russes arrive in England for the first time, with an incredible dancer named Vaslav Nijinsky.  We see a young Home Secretary named Winston Churchill worry about the increasing speed of change. And we also see the cracks in English society as the whole country is brought to a standstill by massive strikes.

All of this is seen through the lens of Juliet Nicholson, the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West (of Sissinghurst fame) and Sir Harold Nicholson, who, through her connections, had access to intimate and rarely seen sources.
–Cynthia Haggard writes short stories, novels and poetry.  During the day, she is a medical writer and owns her own business.  For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories.  For more about her medical writing services, go to clarifyingconcepts.  (c) 2009. All rights reserved.

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