The Great Lover

By Jill Dawson
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061924361, 336pp.

Publication Date: June 2010

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“In 1909, Nell Golightly is a young maid in the employ of Rupert Brooke's mother. Alternating between the voices of Nell and Rupert, Jill Dawson (a poet herself) brings Rupert Brooke to life in this striking and affecting novel of the poet as a young man. This moving story sparked my interest Brooke's poetry as well as my interest in his short life and tragic death.”
— Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI


Description

In 1909, sixteen-year-old Nell Golightly is a housemaid at a popular tea garden near Cambridge University, and Rupert Brooke, a new tenant, is already causing a stir with his boyish good looks and habit of swimming naked in nearby Byron's Pool. Despite her good sense, Nell seems to be falling under the radical young poet's spell, even though Brooke apparently adores no one but himself. Could he ever love a housemaid? Is he, in fact, capable of love at all?

Jill Dawson's The Great Lover imaginatively and playfully gives new voice to Rupert Brooke through the poet's own words and through the remembrances of the spirited Nell. An extraordinary novel, it powerfully conveys the allure of charisma as it captures the mysterious and often perverse workings of the human heart.




About the Author
Jill Dawson is the author of Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred and Edie, which was short-listed for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize, Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize, The Great Lover, and Lucky Bunny. She has edited six anthologies of short stories and poetry, and has written for numerous UK publications, including The Guardian, The Times, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and two sons.



NPR
Thursday, Jun 3, 2010

Maureen Corrigan has booked an armchair getaway this summer with four books that will send her traveling through time. From turn-of-the-last-century New York tenements, to the 1939 World's Fair, to literary romance on the shores of Lake Geneva, these books will take you to places even the most luxurious vacations can't go. More at NPR.org

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