My Vintage Summer Paperback – 6 Jun 2008
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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
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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 !!
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.
This book shows how life often turns out how we least expect it to and I could relate to how Lizzie felt as her youth slipped away.
I grew up as a teenager in the 80s and identified with her adolescent experiences especially the way she idolised Vonnie and was infatuated with Billy - I think we've all been there.
I cried buckets when I finished it and I can honestly say its the best book I've read in a long time...I'd like to thank Jane Elmor for bringing back many bittersweet memories from my youth. As soon as I finished it I phoned my best friend and recommended it to her - as we both were teenage best friends in 80s but were a tamer version of Lizzie and Kim!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Raw, visceral, touching and emotional. I loved this tale of hero worship and realising that all is not as it seems when the scales fall from your eyes. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by Amanda Saint
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 morePublished on 10 April 2014 by L. J. Daffin
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 morePublished on 31 Jan. 2013 by Avidreader
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 morePublished on 26 Oct. 2010 by jkennedy
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 morePublished on 7 May 2010 by J. Mcfadden
The best book I have read recently was "Never Let Me Go" but the second best was this by Jane Elmor. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2010 by Mrs. D. P. Arthur
I read this book last summer and can't wait for the author's next novel, which looks due to publish this July. Read morePublished on 12 May 2009 by Dylan Saunders
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 morePublished on 30 April 2009 by workfromhomereviews