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Reading roundup – April 29th 2016

Hello and welcome to another reading roundup.  I’ve clearly been on a bit of a social history kick lately – all of the books I’ve read and/or listened to in the last couple of weeks have had social change as a strong theme.   850 more words

Book Reviews

An Interview with Helen Simonson, Author of The Summer Before the War

Helen Simonson’s first novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, was a New York Times and international bestseller. Her second novel, The Summer Before the War, is hot off the press and destined for comparable accolades. 673 more words

Women In WW1

The Summer Before the War

If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, you know that a comedy of manners can be coupled with serious matters of war. If you’re in Downton withdrawal, Helen Simonson’s… 597 more words

Women In WW1

The Summer Before The War, Helen Simonson: DNF

The stone terrace already looked older than the house, softened to a pleasant mossy gray under the relentless dripping of English rain, its stone balusters pressed by fat shrubs and draped in twisting vines of honeysuckle, wisteria, and the teacup-sized pale green flowers of a clematis.

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The Summer Before the War - Helen Simonson

I loved Helen Simonson’s début novel, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” and looked forward to the publication of her new book “The Summer Before the War”. 272 more words

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The Summer Before the War, Helen Simonson

Hardcover, 496 pages
Random House

★★★★ – Great book, would read again.

Helen Simonson’s new historical fiction novel, The Summer Before the War, tells the tale of a young woman seeking independence after her father’s passing, and the events that unfold in the small coastal village in which she plants herself. 517 more words


The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson - 5*s


East Sussex, 1914. It’s the end of an idyllic summer and Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha in the pretty coastal town of Rye.

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