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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (290 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Dawson Narrator: Patience Tomlinson, William Rycroft Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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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? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 2/9/2014

    " Although I really liked Lucky Bunny, Dawson's latest, I just couldn't get engaged in this one right now and gave up fairly early on. The voice of Nellie was fine, but Rupert was just too flowery or artificial or something ... maybe the real poet was like that or it was the prose style of the period or whatever, but I couldn't get past it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Thorsett | 1/20/2014

    " Appealing novelization of the life of an unappealing man, the slightness of the story is offset by the interesting window into early nineteenth century life near Cambridge, England. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Blair | 1/8/2014

    " I was unsure about this right from the first page, but persisted for a few chapters in the interest of giving it a chance. Unfortunately, my first impression turned out to be right. I only had to read a few pages from Rupert Brooke's point of view to know that I loathed him - whether this is a representation of his real character or a fictionalised version - and I didn't much care for the irritatingly naive female protagnoist either. This is going on the unfinished shelf and will remain there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/5/2014

    " Read this really for memories of the Orchard Tea Gardens in Cambridge - a favourite place. Not a bad novel either! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcolodny | 1/4/2014

    " All about Rupert Brooke - so far I am really enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline Lee | 11/26/2013

    " I'm not into poetry, but I liked the references to Tahiti (My fav place in the world!) and I did like the love story, but I would not have chosen this book for myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joye | 11/9/2013

    " I had heard of Rupert Brooke, but really knew nothing about him. I found it a compelling story about a poet in the early 1900's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona Hillier | 2/20/2013

    " Really enjoyed it, found myself swept away in the troubled life of rupert and his quest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Evans | 2/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this a lot although it does trail off, especially towards the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nell | 8/7/2012

    " This was labelled a Richard and Judy recomended read so I had high hopes for it. Sadly despite having a wonderful premise it lost it's way under the weight of pretentious literary twaddle. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Housknecht | 1/1/2012

    " Too much flowery language...cant even get through! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 2/26/2011

    " easy to read and quite unusual story. made me want to be a poet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 2/25/2011

    " Boring and self-indulgent. Central characters unappealing and story static. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pauline Armstrong | 12/6/2010

    " This novel is based upon the fact that Rupert Brooke spent some time in the South Seas, and is thought to have fathered a daughter by a Tahitian woman. It was well researched but, although I finished it, I found it quite boring and slow-moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bcolodny | 9/19/2010

    " All about Rupert Brooke - so far I am really enjoying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 8/26/2010

    " Well-written. I will explore other books by Dawson based upon this novel. If you love historical works, this will capture your imagination and make you crave for the lazy days of summer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maya | 7/25/2010

    " I didn't find this book compelling enough to finish. Maybe I didn't give it a good enough chance but I just couldn't really relate to the story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joye | 7/21/2010

    " I had heard of Rupert Brooke, but really knew nothing about him. I found it a compelling story about a poet in the early 1900's. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jsehmke | 6/16/2010

    " Not a big fan of descriptive "sodomy", as it says in this disappointment of a novel. I actually think Goodreads should have a "quit reading because it was awful" bookshelf, since that's what I did.
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