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Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM By Mary Wesley

On an expanse of sweet smelling grass at the edge of the Cornwall cliffs, a family gathers on one of the last halcyon days before World War II But for five unconventional, adolescent cousins Polly and Walter, who are brother and sister Oliver, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War the illegitimate , orphaned Sophie and the beautiful, self assured Calypso the camomileOn an expanse of sweet smelling grass at the edge of the Cornwall cliffs, a family gathers on one of the last halcyon days before World War II But for five unconventional, adolescent cousins Polly and Walter, who are brother and sister Oliver, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War the illegitimate , orphaned Sophie and the beautiful, self assured Calypso the camomile lawn becomes a garden of sexual tension and temptation They play their childhood chase game , the Terror Run, and talk about losing their innocence when the war comes, with death a constant menace and sexual conventions rejected, it adds a reckless zest to their lives, and their games become realities.
  • Title: The Camomile Lawn
  • Author: Mary Wesley
  • ISBN: 9780333368923
  • Page: 436
  • Format: None

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Petra X Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
Sub The Forsyte Saga frippery This is not a compliment, it doesn t have the depth of characters or development of plot of Galsworthy s epic novel Sub Night and Day frippery This is a compliment, it doesn t have the awful pretension and snobbery that Virginia Woolf could never avoid in her life or her work So the book is essentially a quite well written saga of some not terribly interesting people who have a lot of sex and a lot of money just like in the two aforementioned novels The plot is all [...]
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B the BookAddict Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
My appreciation of The Camomile Lawn was fed by three sources one being the knowledge that this novel was written when Wesley was 72 and it was only her second novel for adults The second was the novel s authentic immediacy Wesley does not bother with many descriptive passages and she very quickly sheds the constraints of who said what Thirdly, in 1984 at 72, Wesley has an amazingly sprite open mindedness an astonishingly frank outlook about sex You might easily get the idea she may be speaking [...]
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Paul Bryant Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
Here is a novel which is of a very particular type, it s almost but not a self parody of the clipped we don t do emotion well, we do, but we don t go on about it British School of No Nonsense It s about a family of cousins and others surviving or not through World War Two They re all fairly posh They know how to tell a good claret from a bad one They re the lower level of the upper crust The women in the story demonstrate in hectic abandon one of the untrumpeted taboos of history, that sometimes [...]
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Shovelmonkey1 Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I d heard good things about this book and duly sought it out like a sort of bibliophilic blood hound When I say I d heard good things I didn t actually know anything about it the title and the inclusion of the word Camomile immediately planted seeds of ideas including tameness, anodine blandness and a sort of natural flavour which isn t necessarily to everyone s taste Bam Wrong This book is World War II with sexy edges and a sexual liberation that people rightly or wrongly do not ever associate [...]
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Jennifer Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I m not sure what the point of this book really wase story of an extended family set in WWII London and Cornwall The book jumps back and forth between the war experiences and the future when most of the characters are heading to a funeral and reminiscing about those times These people need to expand their social circle because they all just sleep with each other throughout the book Cousins with cousins, aunts uncles with nephews nieces, a few neighbors get into the mix and there are multiple dir [...]
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Wayne Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
Why did I bother to buy this book yesterday whose title rang a very faint bell and whose author rang absolutely none Because I read this when I opened the cover The Camomile Lawn Mary Wesley was born as Mary Farmar in 1912 to an upperclass family and grew up a rebelwho believed that she was her mother s least favourite child.Like many girls of her back ground, she married for escape and her first marriage, to Lord Swinfen, was brief.In 1944 she met Eric Siepmann,an unsuccessful writer whom she a [...]
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Ditta Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
For some time now I do carework for the elderly in the UK People in their late 80 s or even 90 s, whose young years play out on the pages of this book Often they relate to me their war time experiences, in fact it seems, that very understandibly those years left the deepest marks on their lives It struck me as strange, or weird even, that some of them spoke with quite some relish about the war years just like Polly does in the novel Reading this book haven t finished yet helps me to understand t [...]
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Sue Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
This is a wartime story, largely set in Cornwall and London during the days immediately before WWII and the following six years, as we watch different generations deal with going to war, sending loved ones off, managing with privation and bombardment and lives turned up side down as well as changing behavioral codes War changed lives in so many ways.Along side that story is the modern one of survivors of the earlier time, all on their way to a funeral of one of their own Now the former younger [...]
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Kate Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
One of my favorites I loved it so much I named two of my children after characters in this book.
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Lolly K Dandeneau Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley is a provocative novel that tells the story of five cousins during their annual holiday in a house by the sea It is the summer of 1939, the last the cousins will share together as the world is on the edge of war Each of the male couins will be called to duty, hence war and bombings carve their way into the stories We first meet Aunt Helena and Uncle Richard before all the cousins arrive on the train from London, except Sophy my favorite character Sophy lives with [...]
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Meghan Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
SO MANY COUSINS FUCKING SO MANY
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Mirren Jones Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
Mary Wesley has been on my to read list for a very long time I had heard that she didn t have her first book published until she was in her 70 s and that she d had amazing success after this, her breakthrough novel So when I saw it on the library shelf last week I grabbed it.Written in 1984 the language is obviously not quite contemporary, but see past that and you will find a beautifully crafted novel, full of surprises, twists and turns, which will keep you guessing until the end The novel beg [...]
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Lizzie Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
A novel about a group of English cousins at the eve of WWII and what happened to them in the war, with flash forwards to the present day We see much of the action through the eyes of Sophy, the odd girl out because she s much younger than the others and because of her Anglo Eurasian race As in other England at war novels, the war gives these young people opportunities for adventures sexual ones that they wouldn t have had in conservative pre war days There are some interesting twists in their em [...]
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Anna Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I fell in love with this novel already on the first page where Helena, annoyed and determined irons her newspaper to restore it to its proper form and order after it has been red by her husband It is just days before the outbreak of the II World War Six cousins arrive at the house on a Cornish cliff to enjoy their last summer holiday before the war Beautiful Calypso, the twins, Oliver, Polly and Walter, are all young and innocent, in their late teens or early twenties, with their whole lives ahe [...]
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Laura Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.I requested this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review Thanks to Open Road Media to allow me to read the eBook version of this book In the beginning of this book, five cousins Calypso, Walter, Polly, Oliver, Sophy and the twins are spending their holiday in their aunt house in a town in Cornwall Their favorite place during this last summer holiday before the beginning of Wor [...]
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David Manns Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I saw the TV adaptation of this years ago and finally got round to reading the book Strangely, I was disappointed There s no discernible plot and some of the characters, particularly Aunt Helena are hard to like The book follows a group of cousins and their families through the war years from their last summer together in Cornwall in August 1939 There are also flash forwards to the funeral of one of the characters in the 1980 s, where various story strands get resolved, sort of The characters ar [...]
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Blaire Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I ve read quite a lot Mary Wesley s work, and I think this is one of her better efforts Wesley does a masterful job of unfolding her story about an extended family in the years surrounding WWII The book is very character driven As always, her characters are kind of quirky and surprising and in this book there are a lot of them Shifting back and forth in time, and using multiple points of view, Wesley progressively develops her characters and reveals the relationships among them It makes for a ve [...]
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Kay Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I found this book because I recently met the illegitimate son of Mary Wesley, who published her first novel at 70 this was her second and then wrote nine that all did well and some of which were best sellers Set in England in 1939 and then up to the 1980s many intertwined, very upper class English characters Great moments, and quite good overall, with some slower bits and an unfortunate name for the most beautiful of the young women Calypso.
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Fionnuala Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I read several of Mary Wesley s books in the eighties so I must have found them appealing but I can t remember anything much about them now Many other books read decades ago have remained vivid in my memory so I can only conclude that Wesley s characters and plots were not very memorable.
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Laura Rittenhouse Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
This was an interesting story about a group of young people who grew up in a lovely environment and they how their lives changed in large because of WWII It s in part a coming of age story, in part historical fiction but mainly it is a good character piece.
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Darlene Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I read this book for a book discussion and just couldn t get through it It wasn t bad, but neither the story or characters were very interesting and it seemed very outdated.
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Jan Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
Why did I waste the time to finish this book A group of cousins exist in meaningless, selfish, immoral, wasted lives in England and in the war, off page during WWII.
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Catherine Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I really enjoyed this It felt like basking in the late afternoon sun.
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Mel Campbell Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I discovered this book while researching camomile, the herb It seemed to be completely in my wheelhouse of lost innocence Anglophilia somewhere between Brideshead Revisited, Atonement and Testament of Youth in following a group of young people before and through war and seeing how it affects them, and in contrasting the golden, privileged innocence of the pre war period with the disillusionment of worldly adulthood.I loved it This isn t the first thing I ve read to assert that people in wartime [...]
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Clare O'Beara Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
First published in 1984 Helena sits reading The Times on THE CAMOMILE LAWN in Cornwall, while the news is all of impending war Helena s first husband died in the Great War and her second husband lost a leg in the trenches Her nephew Oliver has just returned from the Civil War in Spain, gloomy and grown up, and she hopes the summer influx of young cousins will do them all good.As official edicts are issued, the young people plan on enlisting, except Calypso who is determined to be a socialite and [...]
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Rikki Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I first came across The Camomile Lawn in the early 90s when it was a must watch television series From an author whose literary career had only started when she was in her seventies, it was rather racy and had a cast of well known celebrities I was intrigued to find out how it came across as a book when I d already seen it on television.In fact, I think the enjoyment of the book was enhanced by having a picture of the characters in my mind as the story enfolded.The camomile lawn was just a prop [...]
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Anne Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I originally watched the BBC tele series of the novel and, because it was so dark and I felt certain transitions were clunky I had to read the novel the novel EXPLAINED so much Really helped me to get a handle on bomb shelters, incest, the apathy of people who believe what their governments tell them what choice do they have Also a very focused portrayal of a family, socially appearing to be functional, but in reality normal by todays standards but out there or were they for their context Have e [...]
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Ursula Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
I have read most, if not all of Mary Wesley s books I am fascinated by the characters she creates and the world within which they live I think she captures a very specific time in English history post world war 2.Her take on English society at that time is, i believe truly brilliant If you read than one of her books you will see how the characters from each book are all related in some way or another The connections between each of the characters are so subtle Just wonderful Not everyone s cup [...]
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Denis Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
Nothing like those naughty, clever, hilarious and witty female British writers This novel is one of the very best ever written about wartime London, not only because it rings very true, but also because, unlike so many tragic stories, it dares to show that some people especially the women still could have a jolly good time That doesn t mean there s no emotions, no sadness, no losses But Wesley s spirit puts this great story under a definitively unusual light, and it is irresistible.
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Bettie☯ Apr 11, 2021 - 01:41 AM
Read by Si n Phillips image error Too soon to listen to a re read.
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The Camomile Lawn By Mary Wesley On an expanse of sweet smelling grass at the edge of the Cornwall cliffs, a family gathers on one of the last halcyon days before World War II But for five unconventional, adolescent cousins Polly and Walter, who are brother and sister Oliver, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War the illegitimate , orphaned Sophie and the beautiful, self assured Calypso the camomileOn an expanse of sweet smelling grass at the edge of the Cornwall cliffs, a family gathers on one of the last halcyon days before World War II But for five unconventional, adolescent cousins Polly and Walter, who are brother and sister Oliver, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War the illegitimate , orphaned Sophie and the beautiful, self assured Calypso the camomile lawn becomes a garden of sexual tension and temptation They play their childhood chase game , the Terror Run, and talk about losing their innocence when the war comes, with death a constant menace and sexual conventions rejected, it adds a reckless zest to their lives, and their games become realities.

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