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The Memory of Lost Senses Paperback – 23 May 2013
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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'
'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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
All in all it is a very good yarn, and I whole heartedly recommended it to other readers.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely book well worth reading. This was a new author to me but I will read more of hers now as this one had me hooked. Eileen dPublished 8 months ago by eileen. Lincs
I persevered with this story thinking it would improve as so many reviews were positive. Finally have reached the end of this dull and pointless story and wished I had given up a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. Lawler
Judith Kinghorn writes beautifully.
Fabulous second book.
Highly recommended along with her first, The Last Summer.
Transcends the usual 'historical romance' tag. Read more
I found it slow to begin with .. As I had just read the Last Summer by Judith .. Perhaps I was expecting more ...Published 23 months ago by Isla