• The Camomile Lawn

  • By: Mary Wesley
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 07-31-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

August 1939. Five cousins gather for the annual summer ritual of a holiday in Cornwall; for most of them it is the last summer of their youth. The heady exhilarations of the freedoms brought by loss of innocence, and fear, are around the corner. War will change everything.
©1984 Mary Wesley; (P)1997 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"It is hard to overpraise Mary Wesley's novel...so tingling and spry with life that put a mirror to the book and I'll almost swear it will mist over with the breath of the five young cousins." (The Times)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Dennise Bozinovich on 02-16-18


This book is horribly written, extremely uninteresting and convoluted. Do not waste your time on this tripe!

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3 out of 5 stars
By TC on 01-26-18

Maybe the unabridged version is better

I did not realize that this was the abridged version until after I'd listened to the entire thing. It makes a little more sense now, as I assume the unabridged version filled in some of the missing pieces and made more sense. Not that the abridged version was hard to follow, I just felt that there had to be more back-story and character development than this. I couldn't truly grasp some of the characters' motivations for their actions. I'm hoping the unabridged version gives more justification for all the bed-hopping that went on. The characters came off as heartless, callous and downright immoral, and I'm sure that is not how Wesley intended them.

And Ann Massey's narration was just painful to listen to; I kept imagining all the face-wrenching she'd had to do for her characterizations. I wish she'd just read it straight through; there was really no need for all of the overly thick and exaggerated English accents. Even her attempts at the Erstwhilers' German accent was uncomfortable to listen to. Funny, but uncomfortable.

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