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The Glittering Hour

by Iona Grey

Books of the Month Historical Fiction Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on The Glittering Hour

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

1925. The war is over and a new generation is coming of age, keen to put the trauma of the previous one behind them.

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing whose life is dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure; to parties and drinking and staying just the right side of scandal. Lawrence Weston is a struggling artist, desperate to escape the poverty of his upbringing and make something of himself. When their worlds collide one summer night, neither can resist the thrill of the forbidden, the lure of a love affair that they know cannot possibly last.

But there is a dark side to pleasure and a price to be paid for breaking the rules. By the end of that summer everything has changed.

A decade later, nine-year-old Alice is staying at Blackwood Hall with her distant grandparents, piecing together clues from her mother's letters to discover the secrets of the past, the truth about the present, and hope for the future.


The Glittering Hour Press Reviews

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

'Emotionally fraught, evocative and redemptive, The Glittering Hour has been well worth the wait. What a superb novel - Iona Grey really is back with aplomb’ Fiona Mitchell, author of The Maid’s Room

‘Poignant, beautiful and sad. A must read!’ Katrina Oliver

'Deeply captivating, engaging and so irresistible. I could not put it down!' Petra Quelch

'An enchanting, evocative read' The Sun

Further praise for Iona Grey:

`Captivating characters, convincing and compelling' Fern Britton

`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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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: 9781471140709
Publication date: 17th October 2019
Author: Iona Grey
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Historical Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
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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