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The Solitary Summer

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844082964

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 2nd February 2006

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Classic Fiction (pre C 1945)

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I want to be alone for a whole summer, and get to the very dregs of life. I want to be as idle as I can, so that my soul may have time to grow. Nobody shall be invited to stay with me, and if anyone calls they will be told that I am out, or away, or sick . . . Wouldn’t a whole lovely summer, quite alone, be delightful?’

This delightful companion to the famous Elizabeth and her German Garden is a witty, lyrical account of a rejuvenating, solitary summer filled with books and Elizabeth’s reflections on her beloved garden. Descriptions of magnificent larkspurs and burning nasturtiums give way to those of cooling forest walks. Yet the months aren’t as solitary as she’d planned: there’s still her husband to pacify and the April, May and June babies to amuse.

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Recreates a Wordsworthian sense of rapturous awe
- Deborah Kellerway
An intriguing portrait of a complex and frustrated woman
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