Friday July 10, 2020

French fancy is a frothy diversion from cold reality

The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater

14th February, 2016
Carol Drinkwater: the reader wants to know what happens next Picture: Getty

Carol Drinkwater’s novel The Forgotten Summer is surely a panacea for all winter’s ills. Set in the south of France, it is an extended riff on that most well-worn of fantasies, rural Provence. Full of lengthy passages devoted to the minutiae of viticulture and the region’s lush vegetation, it is pure pastoral porn in parts, the type of writing that will titillate anyone longing to lose themselves in a more hospitable climate than a frosty...

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