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    Season A Summer Whirl Through the English Social Season

    ISBN-10: 1845137035
    ISBN-13: 9781845137038
    Author(s): Sophie Campbell
    Description: Every year come April, since the days of the Prince Regent in the early nineteenth century, young men and women have structured their summer diary around a series of showpiece social events all within reach of London that, if one really does have a  More...
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    Publisher: Aurum Press, Limited
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 288
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.386
    Language: English

    Every year come April, since the days of the Prince Regent in the early nineteenth century, young men and women have structured their summer diary around a series of showpiece social events all within reach of London that, if one really does have a profile to maintain, one just must be seen at, darling. The Boat Race and the Cheltenham Festival in March provide the unofficial overture, and then it is the Chelsea Flower Show followed by Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, the Derby, Henley Regatta, opera at Glyndebourne and Cowes Week. Dedicated Season veterans might insist on adding the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition and the Lord’s Test. Here, Sophie Campbell sets out to tackle the Season – in its modern form, by squeezing her feet into unsuitable shoes and waving the credit card to magic up an unfeasible hat and go to every single event in the calendar – and in its history, by examining why it arose, how it has evolved, and where it is going (no Queen Charlotte’s Ball for debutantes at the end of the Season any more, far too many vulgar parvenus at Royal Ascot for many people’s liking, and do we count a cool but reassuringly expensive festival like Latitude as part of it nowadays?). The result is a delightful, spirited and often hilarious journey through an utterly English institution in the company of a witty, intelligent and thoroughly determined participant, which builds into an alternative anatomy of Englishness in all its endearing tradition and daftness.

    Sophie Campbell is from Niles, Michigan. "Brave, a Book about Courage" is her first published book at age 12. She enjoys playing soccer, writing, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family. Campbell aspires to be an Olympic soccer player or swimmer.

    Prologue: Strange Bedfellows
    A Toe in the Water
    Getting In
    The Last Truck to Chelsea
    A Garden Grows by the River
    Not a Thing to Wear
    The Ups and Downs of Epsom
    And All for a Bunch of Students
    The Merry Monarch Shows His Serious Side
    The Butterflies Emerge
    Music on the Mittel Downs
    Nobody's Looking at You, Dear
    Toppers and Tails
    The Royal Enclosure at Last
    The Perfectly Packed Basket
    The Last of the Gilded Youth
    The Butterflies Take Off
    The Tented Village
    The Carpet of Green
    The Long Stretch
    Hello, Real World
    Chukkas and Chavs
    The Sultan of Speed
    Red Sails in the Sunset
    Epilogue: The Butterfly Summer
    Acknowledgements
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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