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The Glittering Hour

A Novel

Iona Grey


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/29/2019)
Digital Audiobook (12/9/2019)
Paperback (12/29/2020)


Award-winning author Iona Grey's next unforgettable historical about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her.

Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina's orbit one night and can never let her go even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what's safe over what's right.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, Iona Grey's The Glittering Hour is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

"An absorbing tale of love, loss, and the ties that bind... A sweeping historical saga that captures the desires and dilemmas of the heart." — Booklist

Praise For The Glittering Hour: A Novel

Praise for The Glittering Hour:

* A "Must-Read" for PopSugar! *

* A December Recommend from Book Riot! *

"... a riveting historical epic about the choices that haunt us." - Refinery29

"An absorbing tale of love, loss, and the ties that bind... A sweeping historical saga that captures the desires and dilemmas of the heart." — Booklist

"The Glittering Hour is an exceptional novel about choosing how to live amid powerful grief and true love. For readers looking for a tremendously entertaining, emotionally charged story, look no further. The Glittering Hour is just the ticket." — BookPage

"This sweeping history is sure to be a tearjerker." — Publishers Weekly

"This is a deceptively bittersweet tale, a story of loss and discovery covered in flashes of riches and freedom that obscure its melancholy core . . . a heartbreaking but ultimately positive tone that will hit many emotions. And while it is a love story in Selina’s past that we follow and mourn, it’s the relationship between Alice and her parents that takes center stage at the end." — Historical Novel Society

"Vivid and heartbreaking." - Prima (UK)

"Prepare to be swept away on an all-encompassing journey of love, loss and discovery." - Woman & Home (UK)

"I absolutely adored this sweeping novel" - Good Housekeeping (UK)

"... a stunning novel of love, loss and living life to the full. Beautifully written with attention detail in plot and character, this book went straight to my heart, and took me through an array of emotions. I found this evocative of the period, mesmerising in its story and an absolutely fabulous read that I didn’t want to end." - (UK)

“An enchanting, evocative read.” – The Sun (UK)

“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

Praise for Letters to the Lost:

“A wonderful story.” —Rosamunde Pilcher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Shell Seekers

“Grey's engaging, poignant, and romantic debut treats readers to an absorbing story within a story.” —Library Journal, *Starred Review*

“A captivating tale of love and love lost.” —Booklist

Letters to the Lost pulsates with life, offering a vibrant love story that transcends time and the heartbreak of war. Settle in somewhere comfortable; you are in for an enthralling read.” —Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker

“[A] powerful debut, one of those rare books that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. It's a heart-wrenching, smile-through-the-tears story of love lost and refound - you won't be able to put it down!” —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of The English Wife and The Ashford Affair

Thomas Dunne Books, 9781250066794, 480pp.

Publication Date: December 10, 2019

About the Author

IONA GREY is the award-winning author of Letters to the Lost and The Glittering Hour. She 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.

Conversation Starters from

1. Lady Lennox is very detached from her granddaughter. What are the reasons for this? Does her attitude change throughout the course of the book, and if so, why?

2. How does the legacy of the First World War make itself felt in the story?

3. Selina and Lawrence come from very different backgrounds and, on the surface, have little in common. What is it about Lawrence that Selina finds so attractive? And what draws Lawrence to Selina?

4. Why do you think Rupert asked Selina to marry him? Was he thinking primarily of her or himself? Why do you think she gave him the answer she did, and do you think it was the right choice? Explain.

5. Can you see any similarities between the world of the Bright Young Things in the 1920s and celebrity culture in the present day? Any differences? In what ways do you think this lifestyle may have affected Selina’s worldview?

6. If Selina had chosen to stay with Lawrence, do you think they would have been able to overcome their class differences, or would their relationship ultimately have cracked under the weight of what Selena would have given up?

7. How did attitudes toward illness differ in the 1930s from the present day?

8. In the 1936 strand, Polly and Rupert both express their regret about the deception they have become caught up in. Did you understand Selina’s reasons for beginning it? Do you think she should have done things differently?

9. How might the story have played out in the present day? Which aspects would be different, which the same?

10. What do you think happens in the years that follow the end?