A compelling portrait of a failed love affair and of a damaged man - Telegraph
Strong, satisfying and memorable - Times
Clever, moving, sexy and with a mesmerising feel for the magical, optimistic but doomed time before the great war - Daily Mail
A Richard and Judy Summer Read 2009
Nell Golightly is living out her widowhood in Cambridgeshire when she receives a strange request. A Tahitian woman, claiming to be the daughter of the poet Rupert Brooke, writes to ask what he was like. How did he sound, what did he smell like, how did it feel to wrap your arms around him? So Nell turns her mind to 1909 when, as a seventeen-year-old housemaid, she first encountered the young poet. He was already causing a stir – not only with his poems and famed good looks, but also by his taboo-breaking behaviour and radical politics. Intrigued, soon Nell realised that despite her good sense, she was falling for him. But could he love a housemaid? Was he capable of love at all?