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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