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Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: In A Summer Season – A Round Up

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This month, we have been reading and discussing Elizabeth Taylor’s eighth novel, “In A Summer Season”. Although this is one of her later works, which are not reckoned so good by some readers, the book has been received in a surprisingly positive manner! In fact, it’s turned out to be a favourite of many. The […]

Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: In A Summer Season – Week 4 – Art Imitating Life (or Vice Versa)

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It’s week four of our read-along of “In a Summer Season” by Elizabeth Taylor, and hopefully everyone is getting along well with the book. This week I would like to consider a slightly controversial aspect of the novel as highlighted in Nicola Beaman’s biography of the writer. I suppose I should nail my colours to […]

Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: In A Summer Season – Week 3 – The Review!

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Time for the review of “In A Summer Season”, and if you haven’t yet finished the book, there will be SPOILERS! so look away now. “In a Summer Season” takes place over one summer in the life of Kate Heron and her family and friends. Kate is a ‘middle aged’ woman, by which we place […]

Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: In A Summer Season – Week 2 – Love and Marriage (or the Lack of It)

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Taylor’s novels often portray the flaws in a marriage and betrayal by one or both partners. In fact, marriage (or the lack of it) could be said to occupy a prominent position in all of her books I have read so far. “At Mrs. Lippincote’s” is a study of a marriage and the unfaithfulness of […]

Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: In A Summer Season – Week 1 – Death (and Wreaths!)

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(Warning! Possible small spoilers for earlier books!) For the first week of our discussion of “In A Summer Season”, I thought it might be interesting to look at a theme which features in many of Taylor’s book – death, in particular the death of a character prior to the story commencing, the implications of which […]

Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: In A Summer Season – August’s read

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  This month, as part of the Elizabeth Taylor Centenary Celebrations, we are discussing her seventh novel, “In A Summer Season”. Published in 1960, the book tells the story of a summer in the life of Kate Heron and her family and the changes that take place over these months. I should state now that […]

Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: In A Summer Season

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2012 is the centenary of the author Elizabeth Taylor’s birth and various members of  the LibraryThing Virago Modern Classics group have been hosting monthly read-alongs of Taylor’s works. We are now approaching August and this is just a heads-up that I will be hosting the August book, Elizabeth Taylor’s seventh novel, “In A Summer Season”. […]

July Reads and Re-reads – The Plan So Far…

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‘Planning’ is not a word I often use in conjunction with my reading, as up till now I’ve tended to read whatever my mood indicated or my fancy dictated. Obviously if I was reading through a series in order (complete works of Virginia Woolf/Martin Beck crime novels series etc) then my reading would be a […]