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The Great Silence by Juliet Nicolson
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Apr 23, 2010

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bookshelves: british, historical-nonfic, read-in-2010
Read from June 05 to 24, 2010

This one was a slight disappointment to me after the author's first, The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm, which I loved--but this disappointment has more to do with my comparative lack of excitement subject matter than with the quality of the book. I love the way Nicolson writes social history, stringing together these vignettes about the lives of people famous and ordinary, and coming up with a coherent story and theme. The small details are truly fascinating. But sad, gloomy England after the war didn't exactly offer the same fizzy, frivolous fun as before.

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