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Summer at Gaglow - Esther Freud

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Title
Summer at Gaglow
Author
Esther Freud
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20090420

Summer, 1914. It is Emanuel's twenty-first birthday, and eleven-year-old Eva and her sisters are helping transform Gaglow for a glorious party. But their brother's arrival is overshadowed by the talk of war that comes with him from Hamburg, and when he is wrenched from the family to serve his country, Eva knows that nothing will be the same again. Seventy-five years later, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, Sarah's father begins to tell her about Gaglow, the grand East German country estate that will now come back to them. Alternating between Sarah's bohemian life in London and her grandmother's childhood during the First World War, Summer at Gaglowunites four generations of an extraordinary family in a tale of loss and love.

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Esther Freud was born in London in 1963. She trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky, which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was made into a feature film starring Kate Winslet. She has since written four other novels. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages. Her most recent novel was The Sea House.

'A perfectly paced piece of high-calibre storytelling'
Observer

'Evocative and intriguing'
Elle

'A shrewd and absorbing novel, a near-seamless meshing of family feeling, history and imagination'
New York Times Book Review

'Reading, you become sort of a tourist, delightedly snooping on how these others live … Fresh, witty, ironic and touching'
Independent on Sunday

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
World War, 1914-1918 - Social aspects - Fiction.|Family - Fiction.|Domestic fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
242

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