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The Summer Before the War - A Novel

Helen Simonson

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • "A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community."-The Washington Post The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND NPR East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking-and attractive-than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing. But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha's reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war. Praise for The Summer Before the War "What begins as a study of a small-town society becomes a compelling account of war and its aftermath."-Woman's Day "This witty character study of how a small English town reacts to the 1914 arrival of i

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • "A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community."-The Washington Post The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND NPR East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking-and attractive-than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing. But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha's reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war. Praise for The Summer Before the War "What begins as a study of a small-town society becomes a compelling account of war and its aftermath."-Woman's Day "This witty character study of how a small English town reacts to the 1914 arrival of i
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • "A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community."-The Washington Post The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND NPR East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking-and attractive-than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing. But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha's reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war. Praise for The Summer Before the War "What begins as a study of a small-town society becomes a compelling account of war and its aftermath."-Woman's Day "This witty character study of how a small English town reacts to the 1914 arrival of i

Language:

English

Narrators:

Fiona Hardingham

Length:

15h 48m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:47


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:07


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:23


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:24


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:04


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:45


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:29


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:58


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:39


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:29


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:39


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:03


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:02


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:38


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:23


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:00


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:26


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:10


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:00


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:19


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:02


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:42


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:00


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:03


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:00


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:52


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:38


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:58


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:52


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:10


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:26


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:09


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:58


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:21


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:37


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:03


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:45


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:41


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:32


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:13


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:55


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:43


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

09:53


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

09:05


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:56


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:35


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:26


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:20


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:22


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

09:37


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:16


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:34


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:21


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:46


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:30


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

00:31