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The Great Silence


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Juliet Nicolson is the author of The Perfect Summer and has written for the Daily Telegraph, Vogue, the London Evening Standard, Tatler and the Guardian, amongst others. She was also the editor of the memoirs of Lady Annabel Goldsmith. She read English at the University of Oxford and has worked in publishing in both the UK and the States. She is the President of the Kent Branch of the Jane Austen Society, has two daughters and lives in London and Kent.


This masterful book collects random details and somehow manages to orchestrate them into a symphony. Nicolson is particularly brilliant at plucking out the significant detail within the apparently ephemeral. The Great Silence works beautifully as a mosaic of a country at a particular time, artfully constructed from ... extraordinary details ... truly poignant ... piercingly beautiful - Mail on SundayJuliet Nicolson's second book of social history confirms her as one of those writers...who can spin straw into gold...she takes us on a cacophonous journey across the British landscape with the volume turned up high...an intoxicating peep-show of post-war society - Evening StandardNicolson writes with such admirable pace and fluency that it would be easy to suppose it had been effortlessly scribbled down. It is, on the contrary, a triumph of balance and organisation; a study which comprehends the cultural and the intellectual, the political and the social, and weaves them all into a lively and convincing narrative - The SpectatorJuliet Nicolson, a sensitive chronicler of the era - Literary ReviewOverlaying many testimonies, Nicolson builds a nuanced portrait of a nation facing a changed world - Books QuarterlyA book that is so full of feeling and intelligence and interest: the densely detailed, overwhelmingly sad story of a country with a broken heart - Daily Mai

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