By Jennifer Reese
May 11, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Perfect Summer

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In this sparkling social history, Juliet Nicolson revisits the balmy British summer of 1911, when the rich went to the beach and the Ballets Russes; the working class went on strike; and everyone enjoyed the last moments of peace before World War I. Nicolson, the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West, relates the experiences of a broad and colorful cast, including her grandma’s pal Virginia Woolf; the shy, newly crowned Queen Mary; poet Siegfried Sassoon; a spoiled debutante; and a butler who wrote a best-selling backstairs tell-all. Witty, dishy, and smart, The Perfect Summer, is perfect summer reading. A

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