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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755386035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755386031
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Memory of Lost Senses is a witty, clever and compelling tale, with a beautiful love story at its heart. I loved it (Jane Harris)

'Judith Kinghorn's exquisite new novel [is] a sensual and visual feast of a story... a mesmerising book of finely wrought words... Beautifully descriptive, intriguing and full of emotion-packed, slow-motion snapshots... Thoughtful, delicately crafted and imaginative, The Memory of Lost Senses is a page-turning, atmospheric mystery story but with a powerful, all-consuming love affair burning deep at its core to direct the action ... and steal our hearts' (Lancashire Evening Post)

A lyrically written and wonderfully evocative, romantic historical novel that draws you into the intriguing and secret lives of the characters in the hot lazy summer of 1911. A Countess, her grandson, a famous author writing her memoir and a young village girl are brought together and as the long buried family secrets are revealed all their lives will be changed forever. After her enchanting, sweeping debut we think 'the tricky second novel' has been delivered with aplomb - highly recommended reading especially for reading groups (Lovereading)

'An evocative tale about the power of memory... Kinghorn's prose is lovely, lavishly describing both the characters and the setting... this book is sure to create a whole new legion of fans' (Historical Novel Society)

Praise for Judith Kinghorn's The Last Summer:
'An enchanting story of love and war, and the years beyond'

(Penny Vincenzi)

'A sumptuous, absorbing tale of love in time of war. Judith Kinghorn's novel brilliantly illuminates the experiences of a generation of blighted youth' (Rachel Hore)

'[An] enchanting debut of Rachel Hore/Downton Abbey ilk, big storytelling stuff of social and political change spanning the First World War and beyond. It's a glorious read, highly recommended' (Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller)

'The year is 1914 and love and war are about to transform privileged 16 year old Clarissa's charmed existence forever. This sumptuous romance is made for fans of Downton' (The Lady)

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A country house. A long, hot summer. A story of love. THE MEMORY OF LOST SENSES - a must read for any fan of Downton Abbey.

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By Welsh Annie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 May 2013
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I began reading this lovely book on our hottest day of the year so far, sitting in the garden, and it was the perfect setting in which to savour this lovely book. Cora, a countess with a complicated romantic history, who having moved around Europe after a mysterious departure from England in her youth, moves to live in the grand house at Temple Hill in the hot summer of 1911, and is the subject of immense curiosity of her neighbours. Her grandson Jack lives with her, and is the subject of interest to the local young females. Sylvia, her long time friend, joins the household to write Cora's memoirs - should Cora ever engage fully.

This is a story of love, passion and memories - often unreliable - beautifully told with an effortless languorous feel as the history (and drama) unfolds. Others have called it a page turner - I'd disagree on that, but I was quite mesmerised by the wonderful descriptions, particularly of the settings from Cora's past. This is a novel in which to immerse yourself, to reflect on the memories and imaginings, truths and otherwise - a book to feel and experience, with a story that slowly falls into place as you read. Not one for everybody, but I loved it.
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By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2013
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Having read Judith Kinghorn's first novel - The Last Summer and absolutely adored it
I could not wait for this - I devoured it and it is a wonderful book equal to if not
surpassing her first novel.

This book made me long for our long hot summers of yesteryear - and the book is so
well written you imagine yourself actually in Temple Hill and in Rome where the book
transports you to with all the art and culture not to mention the expats.

I was drawn into the intrigue of the story within the first few pages and I just had
to keep reading to find out more. Set in Hampshire with Cora as the mysterious
countess who returns to a country that she hoped never to return to - but as come back
to be with her grandson Jack and also to have her memoirs written by her friend Sylvia.
Add to the mix Cecily who is an aspiring writer who is intrigued by Cora and entranced
by Jack and you have a wonderful page turner.

This is a well structured novel that has been so beautifully written it is well worthy of
five stars and I cannot wait for novel number three.
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The Memory of Lost Senses is Judith Kinghorn's second published novel but was, in fact, started before The Last Summer (hugely appreciated by this reviewer).

This is an equally compelling narrative set in the Edwardian period. The central character, Cora, is, when we meet her, an old lady forced to return to England to supervise her grandson's university entrance when his mother dies. The offspring of her beloved son, George, Jack is her only surviving relative whom she adores and wants to protect. In the small village where she has a house that was built for her decades previously (although not then lived in) Cora - and Jack - become the centre of attention and speculation.

Known as the Contessa, Cora has led an intriguing and exciting life in Paris and Rome, mixing with high society and admired by all who meet her for her culture and charm. But Cora's past haunts her and her friend and confidante of over 50 years, Sylvia, is a constant and often unwelcome reminder of the love she lost and the marriages she endured... And memory can play so many tricks.

Judith Kinghorn is a master storyteller. Her language is always perfectly pitched to the ebb and flow of revelations, plots and sub-plots. She controls her characters magnificently, bringing them to life with linguistic skills similar to Miss Austen herself.

I loved The Memory of Lost Senses and felt bereft when I'd finished reading it. I sincerely hope it won't be too long before we have another novel from this beguiling author.
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Having read and very much enjoyed Judith Kinghorn's 'The Last Summer' I eagerly looked forward to reading 'The Memory of Lost Senses'. Well, how wrong can one be? I wasted my money. The book changes from one period to another with irritating regularity and there are so many characters that I became completely confused. Usually I quite like books that use time travelling but this was awful. I battled on to the end because I wanted to know if a proper story would ever emerge.....it didn't. The book is now in the bag being filled for the local charity shop. Sorry!
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By R. Moore VINE VOICE on 18 May 2013
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This book keeps you interested from the first to the last page. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it is a novel of a family down to the last grandson and his strange enigmatic grandmother who returns to England to have her life story written by her good friend, who is dying to know just what went on in her youth. And the girl from the village who is half in love with the grandson, who is, as is his grandmother another enigmatic character.
All in all it is a very good yarn, and I whole heartedly recommended it to other readers.
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By Book Critic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 May 2013
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The Memory of Lost Senses is a very inviting book, with its beautiful emerald cover and intriguing blurb. It's rather slow in the beginning, the early chapters leap jarringly through time and space and point of view, but eventually the style settles down and a captivating story emerges - Cora's story: an elderly countess, English by birth, she has spent most of her life in Paris and Rome. Cora swore she would never return to England, yet here she is, living in the quiet Hampshire village of Bramley, in a beautiful house, built for her by one of her many husbands - or so the gossip goes in the village, which has never seen anyone quite so exotic or mysterious, as Cora, the Countess de Chevalier de Saint Leger.
The Memory of Lost Senses is a novel all about memory, how memory informs us, how we are our memories: change the memory and you change the life, especially when there is no one left alive who knows the real truth, not even yourself.
Cora's memories are as fluid as the life she's led. Her life is a self-penned myth, one she wrote as she fled from her past to a new life in Italy, then France, then Italy again. Always on the move and constantly reinventing herself, hiding from a past that she has buried under layers of lies. The only person whose knowledge comes close to the truth is Cora's friend Sylvia, and even she doesn't know it all. Charged with writing Cora's memoirs, Sylvia finds herself waging a constant battle with her friend's refusal to be interviewed or even speak about the past except through well-worn stories of questionable veracity. Does Sylvia need to ask so many questions? She's spent her life writing about Cora, she already knows everything Cora is willing to give up - and more.
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