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The Glittering Hour

by Iona Grey

Books of the Month Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories Star Books

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I absolutely adored this very special, surprising and exquisitely written novel focusing on the period between the First and Second World Wars. In 1925 Selina Lomax regularly appears in the papers as she and her friends attend parties and live life to the full. When Selina meets struggling artist Lawrence Weston her life changes beyond all recognition. I entered ‘The Glittering Hour’ expecting the beautiful relationship tale that I found. However I also left having experienced so, so much more. Iona Grey has created sentences that caught and transported me with their stunning descriptions. The story slinks through time and space, effortlessly revealing links from the past that become present in the future. As I read, moments of understanding speared my awareness and left me reeling. I felt joy, tenderness, aching sadness, and I cried, really, really cried at the beauty in front of me. I wield my highly recommended stamp of approval all over The Glittering Hour, it really is the most wonderfully heartfelt and meaningful read, and so sits as a LoveReading star book.

Liz Robinson

The Glittering Hour Synopsis

The epic and long-awaited new romance from the author of Letters to the Lost, winner of the RNA Award.

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying just the right side of scandal.

Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina's orbit one night and can never let her go.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, this is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

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The Glittering Hour Press Reviews

Praise for Iona Grey's storytelling:

`Captivating characters, convincing and compelling' Fern Britten

`An epic story of love and loss that will break your heart' Santa Montefiore

'A beautiful, tender story from a naturally gifted storyteller. A wonderful debut novel and a real weepy!' Lucinda Riley

'A captivating and deliciously romantic tale of life-lasting love that will tear your heart in two' Rachel Hore

'Extraordinarily vivid, compelling and beautifully told' Miranda Dickinson

'Sweeping, wonderful and truly, truly romantic' Julie Cohen

'A moving period love story' Sunday Mirror

'A beautiful love story' Prima

'A touching story that swept me along to its end' Woman & Home

'Tender, heart-rending and utterly compelling' Good Housekeeping

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781471140709
Publication date: 17/10/2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781471180828
Publication date: 30/05/2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471180828
Publication date: 30th May 2019
Author: Iona Grey
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Star Books,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Iona Grey

Iona Grey has a degree in English Literature and Language from Manchester University, an obsession with history and an enduring fascination with the lives of women in the twentieth century. She lives in rural Cheshire with her husband and three daughters. She tweets @iona_grey.

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