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Love and Summer by William Trevor
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Love and Summer by William Trevor

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This was on the longlist for the Booker Prize in 2009, and I was amazed that it didn't make it onto the shortlist.

It’s summer and nothing much is happening in Rathmoye. So it doesn’t go unnoticed when a dark-haired stranger appears on his bicycle and begins photographing the mourners at Mrs Connulty’s funeral. Florian Kilderry couldn't know that the Connultys were said to own half the town; and, in any case, he had come to Rathmoye only to see the scorched remains of the cinema. But Mrs Connulty's daughter, liberated at last by the death of her imperious mother, resolves to keep an eye on Florian Kilderry, and it's she who comes to witness the events that follow. A few miles out in the country a farmer called Dillahan lives with the knowledge that he was accidentally responsible for the deaths of his wife and baby. He has married again: Ellie is the young convent girl who came to work for him when he was widowed. But she falls in love with Florian and though he plans to leave Ireland, a dangerously reckless attachment develops between them .

A classic love story is told with beautifully understated skill by the author. He seems to write so gently and yet the emotions that he evokes are incredible. This is the first book by William Trevor i've read and it will not be the last.  

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