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Summer at Gaglow

by Esther Freud

Summer at Gaglow Synopsis

Summer, 1914. It is Emanuel's twenty-first birthday, and eleven-year-old Eva and her sisters are helping transform Gaglow for a glorious party. But their brother's arrival is overshadowed by the talk of war that comes with him from Hamburg, and when he is wrenched from the family to serve his country, Eva knows that nothing will be the same again. Seventy-five years later, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, Sarah's father begins to tell her about Gaglow, the grand East German country estate that will now come back to them. Alternating between Sarah's bohemian life in London and her grandmother's childhood during the First World War, Summer at Gaglow unites four generations of an extraordinary family in a tale of loss and love.

Summer at Gaglow Press Reviews

'A perfectly paced piece of high-calibre storytelling' Observer 'Evocative and intriguing' Elle 'A shrewd and absorbing novel, a near-seamless meshing of family feeling, history and imagination' New York Times Book Review 'Reading, you become sort of a tourist, delightedly snooping on how these others live ... Fresh, witty, ironic and touching' Independent on Sunday

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747597698
Publication date: 20th April 2009
Author: Esther Freud
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Esther Freud

Esther Freud was born in London in 1963. She trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky, which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was made into a feature film starring Kate Winslet. She has since written four other novels. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages. Her most recent novel was The Sea House.

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