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My Vintage Summer [Paperback]

Jane Elmor
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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6 Jun 2008
A vibrant story of friendship, first experience and a summer that couldn't last forever

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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (6 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230014542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230014541
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...beautiful, bittersweet book, fizzing with music, about a woman determined to keep the dreams of her youth vibrantly alive'
-- Carmen Reid

'...cut-throat world of pop music as its backdrop, it is a compulsive tale of friendship, ambition and failure.' -- Bookseller

'...particular resonance for women who grew up in the 70s and 80s, and captures that era with striking clarity.'
-- Frome & Somerset Standard

'A gloriously energetic and well-observed nostalgia fest.' -- Eve

'A vintage debut.' -- Daily Mirror

'Great popular women's fiction with a bit of bite. Highly entertaining and sophisticated.'
-- Clare Dowling

'It's a compulsive, bittersweet read.' -- Closer

'Poignant, romantic and exciting - a compelling debut from an original new talent' -- Lucie Whitehouse

'Wonderfully truthful about these wild young girls, dizzy and dangerous, exploding with life and music . . .' -- Tessa Hadley

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For us it all began in the summer of ’76, the year the sun scorched the grass the colour of sand and no-one could sprinkle their lawns or take a bath, and the year I could no longer run around without my top on. Meet Lizzie and Kim as they grow from small-town adolescents to women on the hedonistic stage of London in the early eighties. There they join Kim's older sister, Vonnie, an untameable force of nature who is everything they'd like to be. Or is she? Told with an infectious energy, My Vintage Summer is for those who remember dressing up for their first night out, the first song they danced to with their best friend, their first love – and their first life-altering mistake. It's a story of what happens when life doesn't turn out as you had expected.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 4 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
I'm always on the look-out for new, talented writers; so I was really pleased to come across Jane Elmor's book "My Vintage Summer". This is a really fabulous book, and if you have even the faintest recollection of the late 1970's/early 1980's (or for that matter even a passing interest in those decades), I defy you not to absolutely love it.
Elmor manages to spark a thousand memories - in the same way that a favourite smell from childhood, or a song from adolescence can - whilst writing a gripping tale of a woman's recollections of her coming of age.
This book is funny and insightful, at times disturbing and heartbreaking. It resonates on so many levels.
This new Author has created fantastic, believable characters, an always engaging plot with a twist that you won't see coming, but that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.
I can't recommend this book enough. It's a really great read, and I'm already looking forward to seeing what Elmor writes next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked! 9 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback
This did not look like the sort of book I would normally read but it was passed to me and I was hooked from the first sentence. The story is of Beth, a youngish woman who seems to have everything, successful husband, house in Hampstead, etc, etc, but who is gradually revealed as fragile. The vivid flashbacks to early teens and the post-punk music scene in 1980s London which interweave the story are so well observed and illuminate the person she has become.
The story moves fast to its conclusion with a surprising twist and shows how she begins to resolve her insecurities, guilt and sorrow. Gripping - I couldn't put it down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not just one of your best summer read !!! 17 July 2008
Format:Paperback
You know the sort of book that gets a grip on you , the type you can hardly close and just can't wait to get back to and at the same time don't want to read it too fast because it's too good and you don't want to finish it too quick ?
Well that's the sort of book Jane Elmor just wrote,the sort that sadly makes everything else seem bland.
I'd highly recommend it because it's a rare reading experience, Loved it !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read 29 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
Jane Elmore has woven a story that leaps effortlessly back and forth in time to show us how Beth becomes a woman and what happens to all of us when we let our dreams slide out of view. It also captures the time so well - it was like travelling back there. Ah, the music, the terrible clothes, the punks, the way it all ended in a massive explosion of raving craziness emodied so beautifully and painfully in the unforgettable Vonnie. There's nothing else for it, I'll just have to read it again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read for a long time 4 Aug 2008
By Phantom
Format:Paperback
This beautifully written book has it all: fascinating believable characters that you care about, a wonderful descriptive voice,(you can almost see the clothes and hear the music) a gripping plot and at the same time manages to be a meditation on the loss of youth, dreams and ambitions. it's nostalgic without being sentimental and contains a great twist that I defy anyone to guess. If you want a gripping and intelligent read "My Vintage Summer" comes highly recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
It is exciting to discover a new writer.

Jane Elmor's first novel bristles with real life characters, they jump out of the pages as we inhabit their lives.
This is much more than a chic lit. It sizzles with relationships gone wrong and those that survive. [ASIN:0230014542 My Vintage Summer]]. The selection of the right mate in life determines how life will treat us. Ms. Elmor is not afraid to visit the dark side and does it with relish.

I loved My Vintage Summer and found it a page turner, gave up watching television, radio and music of all sorts, as I dived into this book. I haved lived through many of the experiences of the characters. Don't we all have to had a rock musician in our past and wasn't he like Billy? As for the Vonnie's of this world, the mentor or the idolised one is a familar character in the early stages of adulthood. Adoration. obsession, lust and loyalty are all handled with the writer's skill. The surprised ending was a twist I had not suspected. My friends who have read the book loved it and I have bought several copies to give to others.

I can't wait for her next novel if it is half as good as this book it will be worth waiting for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitsch chick lit with tourettes 30 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
Twists and turns like a sailor doing a sea shanty in the middle of a gale force 10 as he tries to light a very strong cigarette.

A great first novel, which effectively propels you into other times and places. Can't wait for the second, to see if Elmor is more than just a shock of bleached blonde. On this evidence, you'd have to say she will be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 20 Jun 2008
By MzW
Format:Paperback
I loved this book! Just finished 3 days of no work, no tv, and not enough sleep .... I could NOT put it down. You HAVE to buy it to understand!! Reliving my 70's teen years and 80's London early 'adulthood' with all the highs and anxieties, the clothes you forgot about (and hoped no one else would remember), the thinness, the energy, the music, the mates, the fallouts.... and then growing up.... I just wanted to go back and have another go all over again. Can't wait for the next one please Ms Elmor??!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read.
A must read for teenagers, for mothers of teenagers, for music lovers, for Londoners, for anyone who lived and loved in the 80's. For anyone! Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. J. Daffin
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who has had a life-changing friendship
This book appealed to me on so many levels, its set in the 80's (my era) and really captures the excitement of those times when anything really did seem possible even for us... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want it to end
I have just finished reading My Vintage Summer and agree with all the great reviews that have already been posted. It is simply my favourite book of all time so far! Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2010 by jkennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I wanted to read this book because it was my era. Unfortunately it was cliche after cliche and I am afraid a bit predictable. Easy enough reading for a holiday though. Read more
Published on 7 May 2010 by J. Mcfadden
5.0 out of 5 stars How I loved this book
The best book I have read recently was "Never Let Me Go" but the second best was this by Jane Elmor. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010 by Mrs. D. P. Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, one of the most memorable books you'll read
I read this book last summer and can't wait for the author's next novel, which looks due to publish this July. Read more
Published on 12 May 2009 by Dylan Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the cover!
Neither the title nor the cover photo have anything much to do with the contents of this novel, which I find very irritating as a reader. Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by EmmyLou
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was really looking forward to this book having bought it on the strength of the reviews. I can see that I'm in the minority here, but I have to admit that I was very... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2009 by D. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU YOU READ ONE BOOK THIS YEAR, MAKE IT THIS ONE!
I have never written an Amazon review before but i have to wax lyrical about how much i loved My Vintage Summer... Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2009 by Ms. L. Holmes
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but the ending let it down.
Jane Elmor's debut novel begins in 1970s Somerset. It tells the tale of Lizzie, a young girl growing up fast. To begin, she is quiet and doesn't do anything out of the ordinary. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2009 by Lucy Felthouse
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