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Never Such Innocence (Panther Books) Paperback – 8 Oct 1992

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (8 Oct. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586061312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586061312
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,304,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicola Thorne perceptive storytelling skills have won her an army of fans. She is the author of a number of well-known novels which include ‘Champagne Gold’, ‘Trophy Wife’, ‘Worlds Apart’ and ‘‘Old Money’. Born in South Africa, she was convent educated and completed her studies at the LSE. She now lives in Dorset.

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"Never Such Innocence" is the first in a saga of four novels, The Askham Chronicles, a romantic story about an English Aristocratic family in love and war, this first book covering the period from 1898 to 1915.

The story starts in Egypt, and as happened to me, readers just might find the "Egyptian introduction", so to speak, a bit slow and tedious, describing many details which do not at the time seem of much importance, but which will later prove of utmost importance to the saga which is about to unfold.

But quite quickly one becomes captured. This is not only a story about the life of the aristocrats in Victorian and Edwardian England. It is a saga of war, The River War/Reconquest of the Soudan 1898/99, The First World War (1914-18), the politics of Woman Suffrage, Suffragists and Liberals. In other words, a historic and sociologic novel with an extensive bibliography at the end of the book.

And at the same time, it is a story in great detail about the numerous members of the Askham family. About their lives and destinies, love, joy and sorrow.

What is so remarkable about Nicola Thorne is that she manages to write a highly entertaining, moving, funny and yet intellectual and educational book. Never one moment is it boring. On the contrary, the books is unputdownable and I even searched on the Internet for more information about the many historical and social events.

After having finished "Never Such Innocence", I could not get the three sequels fast enough - "Yesterday's Promises", "Bright Morning" and " A Place in the Sun". All of them of the same outstanding quality, if at all possible, only getting better. The whole saga goes on until 1967.
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HASH(0x86afb63c) out of 5 stars A masterpiece not to be missed! 16 Sept. 2007
By Sissel M. Østdahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Never Such Innocence" is the first in a saga of four novels, The Askham Chronicles, a romantic story about an English Aristocratic family in love and war, the first book covering the period from 1898 to 1915.

The story starts in Egypt, and as happened to me, readers just might find the "Egyptian introduction", so to speak, a bit slow and tedious, describing many details which do not at the time seem of much importance, but which will later prove of utmost importance to the saga which is about to unfold.

But quite quickly one becomes captivated. This is not only a story about the life of the aristocrats in Victorian and Edwardian England. It is a saga of war, The River War/Reconquest of the Soudan 1898/99, The first World War (1914-18) and the politics of Woman Souffrage, Suffragists and Liberals. In other words, a historic and sociologic novel with an extensive bibliography at the end of the book.

And at the same time, it is the story in great detail about the numerous members of the Askham family. About their lives and destinies, love, joy and sorrow.

What is so remarkable about Nicola Thorne is that she manages to write a highly entertaining, moving, funny and yet intellectual and educational book. Never one moment is it boring. On the contrary, the book is unputdownable and I even searched on the Internet for more informaton about the many historical and social events.

After having finished "Never Such Innocence", I could not get the three sequels fast enough - "Yesterday's Promises", "Bright Morning" and "A Place in the Sun". All of them of the same outstanding quality, if at all possible, only getting better. The whole saga goes on until 1967.

I can only give these books, as well as all books by Nicola Thorne (or also Katherine Yorke, which is a pseydonym she has been using, particularly early in her authorship), my warmest recommendation. The author is a master writer as well as highly intelligent and knowledgeable. I have still not finished all her books and only hope my review will make new readers discover this marvelleous lady and experience the joy I am doing.
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HASH(0x86717060) out of 5 stars Nicola Thorne is very very readable and I am now her fan 20 Oct. 2013
By Sylvia G. Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I give four stars because if I give five what can I do when perfection arrives for rating. Somehow (possibly bought quickly and cheaply at some charity shop) I had book 3 of the Askham chronicles and it was not making much sense so I tried Amazon and Voila! there are books 1 and 2 for Kindle, so I purchase and read them and love them and am now understanding book 3. The author has a great knowledge of the actual feelings of the times and the characters are real to me.I am very widely and well read and I am a war baby so I can readily connect with the story.... In time, historians can use her data for reference of the minutiae of the times. Fashions and foods and cars etc. The plot works well and the books are easy to read. My one complaint is that the story keeps referring back to previous happenings, and that is why I had to get the first books. They are not truly 'stand alone' books. But if that does not worry you then read any of them...... Next question why is book four not available for kindle and when will it be
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