The Book of Summers
Beth Lowe has been sent a parcel.
Inside is a letter informing her that her long-estranged mother has died, and a scrapbook Beth has never seen before. Entitled The Book of Summers, it's stuffed with photographs and mementos complied by her mother to record the seven glorious childhood summers Beth spent in rural Hungary.
It was a time when she trod the tightrope between separated parents and two very different countries; her bewitching but imperfect Hungarian mother and her gentle, reticent English father; the dazzling house of a Hungarian artist and an empty-feeling cottage in deepest Devon. And it was a time that came to the most brutal of ends the year Beth turned sixteen.
Since then, Beth hasn't allowed herself to think about those years of her childhood. But the arrival of The Book of Summers brings the past tumbling back into the present; as vivid, painful and vital as ever.
THE BOOK OF SUMMERS has also been selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Book Club 2012!
'Emylia Hall creates an enchanting and vivid picture of Beth's summers in rural Hungary... It's an addictive read and an amazing debut’ www.cosmopolitan.co.uk
Emylia Hall grew up in the Devon countryside, the daughter of an English artist and a Hungarian quilt-maker. She studied English and Related Literature at the universities of York and Lausanne, then spent five years working in an ad agency, before moving to the French Alps. It was there she began to write with serious intent. She returned to England with heightened ambition and won a short story competition in Country Living magazine, and another to celebrate the release of the film Becoming Jane. She now lives in Bristol with her husband. Her debut novel, The Book of Summers, is inspired by childhood holidays in rural Hungary. Visit her blog here.