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The Last SUmmer

‘I was almost seventeen when the spell of my childhood was broken. There was no sudden jolt, no immediate awakening, and no alteration as far as I’m aware in the earth’s axis that day. But the vibration of change was upon us and I sensed a shift: a realignment of my trajectory. It was the beginning of summer and, unbeknown to any of us then, the end of a belle époque.’

A sweepingly epic and gloriously intimate story of lost innocence and a powerful, enduring love.

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

Reviews

‘An enchanting story of love and war, and the years beyond.’ — Penny Vincenzi
‘Well drawn characters combined with flawless writing make Kinghorn’s debut a triumph… Un-put-downable and relentlessly intriguing, this is a tale for the ages.’ — Dish Magazine, US
‘DON’T MISS The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn. An epic and enthralling love story set against the backdrop of the Great War.’ — Fanny Blake, Woman and Home (magazine), UK
‘An enchanting début…  big storytelling stuff of social and political change spanning the First World War and beyond. It’s a glorious read, highly recommended.’ — Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller (magazine), UK
‘The year is 1914 and love and war are about to transform priveleged 16 year-old Clarissa’s charmed existence forever. This sumptuous romance is made for fans of Downton.’ — The Lady Magazine, UK
‘This is a brilliantly written moving love story set against the epic backdrop of war… ‘The Last Summer’ deserves to be a massive hit.’ — Joanna Rees
‘This is a beautifully written and researched book. The imagery of the period as well as the characters remain with the reader after the last page has been turned. Almost elegiac in the way that it conjures up a lost time and an enduring love.’ — Lorna Gibb
‘Viewers (of Downton Abbey) whose heartstrings were pulled by the star-crossed romance of Lady Sybil and Downton’s driver Tom Branson will regret not picking up The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn.’  — Huff Post Books
‘Kinghorn has created a sweeping story of love and loss which kept me guessing to the very end… highly recommended.’ — onemorepage.co.uk
‘A very ambitious debut novel… However, due to a combination of meticulous research, great storytelling and writing, Judith Kinghorn pulls it off…  I was absolutely transported into Clarissa’s world.’ — Isabel Costello — On The Literary Sofa
‘The Last Summer is irresistible: a captivating story of love and family against the backdrop of World War 1 and its aftermath. I stayed up late reading, hooked on its sensuous prose, elegant settings, and fascinating characters.’ — Margaret Wurtle
‘A dense and luscious read that is emotionally gripping and at times unsettling, but is a powerful tale of love, regret, and both the loss of Clarissa’s innocence and that of England.’ — Evangeline Holland
‘Impeccably written and well researched this is an atmospheric and haunting read… the perfect balance of romance and grit by a great new writer. Don’t miss it!’ — Deborah Swift
‘..the complex plot holds the reader mesmerized from the first to last page. Extraordinary historical fiction and highly recommended.’ — Viviane Crystal
‘Judith Kinghorn has an incredible descriptive skill allowing the reader to see not just the glitz and glamour of the times, but the fear and desperation… The Last Summer is the sort of book you can’t put down.’ — luxuryreading.com