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The Book of Summers – Emylia Hall

As a seasoned reader of books, I can usually tell as soon as I see one whether I’ll like it or not. And as I opened a package to find Emylia Hall’s debut novel The Book of Summers, I knew right away. Scrolled atop the turquoise cover: ‘Every Summer was perfect. Until the last,’; and the blurb; an extract from the book conveying hot Hungarian memories.

Set in both contemporary London and bygone rural Hungary, The Book of Summers is both evocative and hugely atmospheric with vividly painted characters, creating a truly beautiful and haunting read.

The novel starts in London, when thirty year-old Beth receives a package from her late mother’s partner, containing The Book of Summers, a scrapbook of snapshots lovingly created  over a period of seven years. As soon as the book begins, the reader is swept away by the wonderful imagery as Emylia expertly paints a tale of seven long, hot summers in Hungary, in which love, lies and loss play an intimate part.

And thus follows a kaleidoscope of bittersweet memories, as Beth revisits her childhood through a series of photos portraying her at different stages of her life; each with a different tale behind it.

A nostalgic coming of age illustration, The Book of Summers weaves an intriguing plot alongside the perfect depiction of adolescence. Emylia writes with a flawless narrative as she fuses heartbreak, regret and the power of secrets to produce a heart-wrenching tale of loss.

Poignant and utterly captivating, this beautiful debut will stay with you long after its ending.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted 6th March 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I’m definitely going to try get this, sounds amazing!

  2. Prue Fenn
    Posted 6th March 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely read!!! It sounds a delight and I much, much look forward to reading it.
    Thank you for the recommendation!

    Pruex

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