The Camomile Lawn
The plot is ...more
Mary Wesley tells not shows, and that's perfectly fine. She was 72 when she wrote this and she could damn well do as she pleased at that age!
The telling rather than showing is ideal for this story. This is a book about remembrance, about a handful of characters recall ...more
My appreciation of The Camomile Lawn was fed by three sources; one being the knowledge that this novel was written when Wesley was 72 and it was only her second novel for adults. The second was the novel's authentic immediacy; Wesley does not bother with many descriptive passages and she very quickly sheds the constraints of who said what. Thirdly, in 1984 at 72, Wesley has an amazingly sprite open-mindedness; an astonishingly frank outlook about sex. You might easily get the idea she may be spe ...more
The women in the story demonstrate in hectic abandon one of the untrumpeted taboos of history, that ...more
This book is World War II with sexy edges and a sexual liberation that people rightly or wrongly do not ever associ ...more
The story starts in 1939 at an Uncle's house in Cornwall, where 5 cousins meet for a month each summer on holiday. Of course, the War begins, and the next 6 years sees the cousins and various other friends and relatives hopping in and out of each other ...more
Because I read this when I opened the cover:
The Camomile Lawn
Mary Wesley was born as Mary Farmar in 1912
to an upperclass family and grew up a rebel
who believed that she was her mother's least
favourite child.Like many girls of her back
ground, she married for escape and her first
marriage, to Lord Swinfen, was brief.In 1944
she met Eric Siepmann,an unsuccessful writer
Along side that story is the more modern one of survivors of the earlier time, all on their way to a funeral of one of their own. Now the former "y ...more
Although this begins before the war, most of the book takes place during the war and revolves around these ...more
This week-end, I watched the mini-series The camomile lawn with, among others, Toby Stephens (whom I have a soft spot for), Tara Fitzgerald, Jennifer Ehle (platinum blonde, I didn't recognize her at first !). Time period, very good cast, I enjoyed watching it but wasn't crazy about it. However, I researched the book it was inspired from and found out that it's a modern classic in Great Britain, written by a Lady who was in her old age, so I managed to get the book fo ...more
I loved it! This isn't the first thing I've read to assert that ...more
I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.
I requested this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Open Road Media to allow me to read the eBook version of this book.
In the beginning of this book, five cousins - Calypso, Walter, Polly, Oliver, Sophy and the twins - are spending their holiday in their aunt house in a town in Cornwall. Their favorite place during this last summer holiday before the beginning...more
Written in 1984 the language is obviously not quite contemporary, but see past that and you will find a beautifully crafted novel, full of surprises, twists and turns, which will keep you guessing until the end. The no ...more
I first came across The Camomile Lawn in the early 90s when it was a must-watch television series. From an author whose literary career had only started when she was in her seventies, it was rather racy and had a cast of well known celebrities. I was intrigued to find out how it came across as a book when I'd already seen it on television.
In fact, I think the enjoyment of the book was enhanced by having a picture of the characters in my mind as the story enfolded.
The camomile lawn was just a pro ...more
This is a really entertaining story of an extended family during WW II. (It has been made into a TV series series in Britain and I can totally see Toby Jones as Oliver!) At times it is hard to remember who was related to who. But I just ate it up. There's a Jewish refugee who sleeps with practically any woman (and his wife is okay with that). There are WW I veterans who were supporting H ...more
It is just days before the outbreak of the II World War. Six cousins arrive at the house on a Cornish cliff to enjoy their last summer holiday before the war. Beautiful Calypso, the twins, Oliver, Polly and Walter, are all young and innocent, in their late teens or early twenties, with their whole lives a ...more
This is the first book I have read where the thought occurred to me that it ought to come with a trigger warning. I'm not really the type that assigns trigger warnings to my books. Could be due to genre selection, it doesn't occur to me, or generally I don't feel knowledgeable enough to assign a warning for someone else, subjectively. However. There are some themes in this book that took me by surprise and I would hate for someone who ...more
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She wrote three children's books, Speaking Terms and The Sixth Seal (both 1969) and Haphazard House (1983), before publishing adult ...more