The Solitary Summer
By (author) Elizabeth von Arnim
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Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim
Book DescriptionI want to be alone for a whole summer, and get to the very dregs of life. I want to be as idle as I can, so that my soul may have time to grow. Nobody shall be invited to stay with me, and if anyone calls they will be told that I am out, or away, or sick ...Wouldn't a whole lovely summer, quite alone, be delightful?' This delightful companion to the famous Elizabeth and her German Garden is a witty, lyrical account of a rejuvenating, solitary summer filled with books and Elizabeth's reflections on her beloved garden. Descriptions of magnificent larkspurs and burning nasturtiums give way to those of cooling forest walks. Yet the months aren't as solitary as she'd planned: there's still her husband to pacify and the April, May and June babies to amuse.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844082964
(198mm x 126mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elizabeth von Arnim
Vera, Paperback (April 2017)
Lucy Entwhistle and Everard Wemyss are both reeling from recent unhappiness when they meet and swiftly fall in love. Lucy is Wemyss' 'sweet girl', and to Lucy, Everard is the whole world. The only blot on Lucy's happiness is the shadowy figure of Wemyss' first wife, Vera, who died in mysterious circumstances.
Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Paperback (April 2017)
Meet Elizabeth and discover there is no greater happiness to be found than when lost in a wilderness of a garden, with bird cherries, lilacs, hollyhocks and lilies crowding the vision. This is her sanctuary from a host of unreasonable demands, whether from the Man of Wrath (husband), babies, servants and (worst of all horrors) house guests.
Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther, Paperback (April 2017)
What on earth could have induced Mr Anstruther to fall in love with Fraulein Schmidt? He is an eligible English bachelor from a good family with great expectations; she is the plain, poor, 'spinster' daughter of a German scholar. But Rose-Marie Schmidt is also funny, intelligent, brave and gifted with an irrepressible talent for happiness.
Enchanted April, Paperback (July 2015)» View all books by Elizabeth von Arnim
Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot, cowed and neglected by their husbands, make a daring plan: they will have a holiday. Leaving a drab and rainy London one April and arriving on the shores of the Mediterranean, they discover a flower-filled paradise of beauty, warmth and leisure.
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Author Biography - Elizabeth von Arnim
Elizabeth von Arnim was born in 1866 in Sydney, Australia, and brought up in England. She lived much of her life in Switzerland, where she entertained such guests as H.G. Wells (with whom she had an affair) and Katherine Mansfield, her cousin.
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