'An accomplished and engaging piece of social history'
'[Nicolson] sweeps across voices and classes to assemble a mosaic of sunlit impressions'
Listed as number three of six in the 'Bookseller's Chart' by Phoebe Bentick of Henry Stokes & Co.
'With the gifts of a great storyteller, [Nicolson] rekindles a vision of a time when the sun shone, but cast long shadows.'
"Nicolson on swimwear from Victorian times through Brigitte Bardot to today. "
'Juliet Nicolson has taken this "perfect summer" as the backdrop for an ambitious work of multiple biography, which sets the extravagance of the upper classes against the increasingly desperate lives of the poor.'
'I wanted to evoke the full vivid richness of how it smelt, looked, sounded, tasted and felt to be alive in England during the months of such a summer'
'Juliet Nicolson does not pretend to offer a close political analysis, but rather a thoroughly entertaining portrait of the period, full of memorable detail'
'There is an unpretentious directness about Nicolson's approach to her subjects that gives the book a freshness and vitality. Happily, she also has an eye for the amusing or the ironic.'
'A fascinating read... I did indeed feel transported'
'Hugely interesting... It's also - and this is a compliment - as page-turning as a novel'
'Nicolson writes with grace and humour'
'A charming mix of gossip column, commonplace book and popular history, sure to delight readers for many summers to come.'
'Elegant and witty ... an enjoyable read without pretensions from a rather well-connected writer'
'Nicolson conjures a moment when the unchanged rituals of English existence began to collide with modern life'
'She cuts a slice through Edwardian life at the end of the Edwardian age to create a richly atmospheric read'
'Nicolson has pulled together many strands in a graceful evocation of one particularly long summer'
'Entertaining and informative, it's packed with unforgettable characters and vivid descriptions'
'This is a peach of a book. It is full of good things, sparkling, elegant and often funny'
'Society history written with skill, a sharp eye and a sense of humour'
'A clever, insightful and ultimately moving account'
'A tiny chapter of English history ... a perfect lightness of touch'
'Elegantly poignant ... Nicolson has an eye for prescient anecdotes'
A wonderfully evocative portrait of english society on the brink of a new world order. Full of brilliant vignettes of the people and the pleasures that distracted them. Juliet Nicolson has invented a new kind of social history.
'Rich and marvellously researched'
'A cleverly crafted story of the hot, frenetic summer of 1911 which works because of the sparkling writing'