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The Memory of Lost Senses by Judith Kinghorn

The Memory of Lost Senses

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June 2013 Book of the Month.

A lyrically written and wonderfully evocative, romantic historical novel that draws you into the intriguing and secret lives of the characters in the hot lazy summer of 1911. A Countess, her grandson, a famous author writing her memoir and a young village girl are brought together and as the long buried family secrets are revealed all their lives will be changed forever. After her enchanting, sweeping debut we think ‘the tricky second novel’ has been delivered with aplomb - highly recommended reading especially for reading groups.

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The Memory of Lost Senses by Judith Kinghorn

An absorbing, evocative and rich period drama of buried secrets and lost love. When a mysterious countess arrives late in life to live at a large, deserted house on the edge of a sleepy Hampshire village, the local tongues start wagging. No one is more intrigued than Cecily Chadwick, idling away the long, hot summer of 1911 with nothing much to do. Cecily is fascinated by the exotic elderly lady and, as she gets to know her, is riveted by her tales of expatriate life on the continent, and of whom she once knew. But the countess is troubled: by her memories, her name, and by anonymous threats to reveal a ruinous secret...It is, she has decided, up to her close friend, a successful novelist who has come to stay for the summer, to put the record straight. For aspiring writer Cecily, the novelist's presence only adds to the intrigue and pull of the house. But it is the countess's grandson, Jack, his unanswered questions about his grandmother's past and his desire to know the truth, that draw Cecily further into the tangled web of the countess's life, and the place known as Temple Hill.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Memory of Lost Senses. You can read their reviews below.

Eva Le Bon - - 'A masterpiece, The Memory of Lost Senses is a tale of human emotion showing the delicate ways the veins of life run through the generations, and connect through time.' Click here to read the full review.

Sallyann Spittle
- - 'The magical use of language and the way in which the settings are described are truly inspirational and I have no doubt that this book will be a hit with everyone who reads it.' Click here to read the full review.

Nicola Foster
- 'Kinghorn’s descriptions are indeed beautiful and evocatively written; you can literally feel the heat seeping through the pages...' Click here to read the full review.

Natasha Way - 'a sweeping novel of love and loss, secrets and passion... I enjoyed this novel very much, it took me somewhere else and will set you dreaming of long hot English summers!' Click here to view the full review.

Linda Hill - 'The Memory of Lost Senses is a beguiling read and those who enjoy period dramas on TV or Jane Austen's fiction will love this book.' Click here to read the ful review.

Jo Turner - 'The novel has everything - mystery, love, loss, hope. It's very easy to engage with the characters and want to know their stories and how they all connect. It's beautifully written and the reader is swept away in the epic tale.' Click here to read the full review.

Samantha Lewis - 'The story is full of mystery and the threads only seem to come together right in the final chapters of the book, therefore keeping you hooked throughout.' Click here to read the full review.

Tracey Poulter - 'This novel is beautifully written with wonderfully evocative descriptions and some lovely touches but somehow I never quite connected with the characters.' Click here to read the full review.


Praise for Judith Kinghorn's The Last Summer:

'An enchanting story of love and war, and the years beyond
Penny Vincenzi

'A sumptuous, absorbing tale of love in time of war. Judith Kinghorn's novel brilliantly illuminates the experiences of a generation of blighted youth'
Rachel Hore

'[An] enchanting debut of Rachel Hore/Downton Abbey ilk, big storytelling stuff of social and political change spanning the First World War and beyond. It's a glorious read, highly recommended'
Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller

'The year is 1914 and love and war are about to transform privileged 16 year old Clarissa's charmed existence forever. This sumptuous romance is made for fans of Downton'
The Lady

About the Author

Judith Kinghorn

Judith Kinghorn was born in Northumberland, educated in the Lake District, and is a graduate in English and History of Art. She lives in Hampshire with her husband and two children.

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23rd May 2013


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