The Camomile Lawn
HERE COMES A VINTAGE SUMMER Escape your daily grind with Vintage Summer Classics. Get away from the sound and the fury, far from the madding crowd. Recline on Chesil Beach and take a dip in the sea, the sea. Be you in Havana or a town like Alice, these are books to transport you to a lawn, or the sea with a sailor or Captain, when ordinary life falls from grace.
Mary Wesley was born near Windsor in 1912. Her education took her to the London School of Economics and during the War she worked in the War Office. Although she initially fulfilled her parent's expectations in marrying an aristocrat she then scandalised them when she divorced him in 1945 and moved in with the great love of her life, Eric Siepmann. The couple married in 1952, once his wife had finally been persuaded to divorce him. She used to comment that her 'chief claim to fame is arrested development, getting my first novel [Jumping the Queue] published at the age of seventy'. She went on to write a further nine novels, three of which were adapted for television, including the best-selling The Camomile Lawn. Mary Wesley was awarded the CBE in the 1995 New Year's honour list and died in 2002.