William Trevor

Love and Summer
  • Love and Summer

  • 'A master of both language and storytelling' HILARY MANTEL

    'Compact and ordinary, it was a town in a hollow that had grown up there for no reason that anyone knew or wondered about . . .'


    Rathmoye, Ireland, in the middle of the last century, and into town comes a stranger on the day of Eileen Connulty's funeral. Taking unwanted and unasked for photographs, Florian Kilderry upsets its carefully settled status quo. But Ellie, a young convent girl married to a farmer still mourning his first wife, cannot help but be drawn to this trespassing youth. Over the course of a long, warm summer Ellie and Florian form an attachment that sleepy Rathmoye cannot ignore . . .

    'Unbearably moving' Spectator

William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork. He has written many novels, and has won many prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His most recent novel Love and Summer was longlisted for the Booker Prize. He is also a renowned writer of short stories, and his two-volume Collected Stories was published by Viking Penguin in 2009. In 1999 William Trevor received the prestigious David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement, and in 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature.


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