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The Camomile Lawn Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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"Provides equal does of sex and repression in war-torn Britain with panache and pace" (The Times)
"A very good book indeed...rich in detail, careful and subtle in observation, mature in judgement" (Susan Hill)
"Extraordinarily accomplished and fast-moving" (Financial Times)
"It's hard to overpraise Mary Wesley's novel...so tingling and spry with life that put a mirror to the book and I'll almost swear it will mist over with the breath of the five young cousins" (The Times)
A vivid and lively picture of wartime London and Cornwall as seen through the eyes of five cousins.See all Product Description
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Some of the characters come more alive than others in the book. Especially successful, I think, is the portrait of Uncle Richard, for the most part just avoiding caricature.Read more ›
Wesley is darkly comedic, stylish, sharply observed and extremely witty. I had the feeling I sometimes get at the theatre, when the curtain rises to reveal the set, and at the speaking of the first line of dialogue, you instantly know `sure-fire, everyone knows what they are doing here, I'm in for a great couple of hours, and can let myself be guided by the play and the performers'
I had that feeling with the sharp, arresting beginning of The Camomile Lawn
`Helena Cuthbertson picked up the crumpled Times by her sleeping husband and went to the flower room to iron it'
In a single sentence of fabulous show-not-tell we know the class of the characters, can detect a relationship of dissatisfaction, and know this will be a barbed and witty comedy. (It was the detail of `the flower room', somehow which did it for me - the precise absurdity of that image which spelt the wit and the comedy)
Her book is set on the eve of war being declared. The central characters are a middle aged couple with a complicated set of nephews and nieces in their late teens, the teenage sons of neighbours, and two Jewish refugees staying with those neighbours.Read more ›
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The story starts in the summer of 1939 in a country house by the sea in Cornwall, complete with a camomile lawn. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anne
Marvelous read - if you have enjoyed this try Wild Mary, the biography of the author, and you will see on what this book is basedPublished 10 months ago by Penny