Five cousins have gathered in their aunt's house on the Cornish coast in August 1939. The war is about to break out and casts a dark shadow upon their usual amusements. They live this last enchanted summer as if it was the last. When the war is declared and England is cut off from the rest of the world, we follow them in London and in Cornwall. The men are engaged in military activities whereas the women serve in intelligence or logistic government offices. All of them, especially the women live with an unusual intensity in an atmosphere of fear and exhilaration. They determinedly transgress the established moral conventions with delight. You will enjoy their story as it is told by two of the ageing cousins en route for the funerals of an old friend nearly 45 years later.
A deliciously subversive book.....I really loved every moment of it.