The Years it was Summer - Maurice HilliardLondon: Longmans, Green & Co., 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper tanned on the verso. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “This wholly delightful first novel introduces Jim and Lily Teasdale who live in a mining village in Northumberland. The time is 1939; their house is condemned, and a move to a new council estate is in the air. Meanwhile it is a happy, bustling world in which they live. For Rich and Alan, their sons, there are the adventures and scrapes they share with their friends, and the day-to-day dramas of their Primary School life; for Jim and Lily, the social activities of the Miners’ Institute; for all of them, the comings and goings of their cheerful and enormous clan of relations. The highlight of the family’s year is the Miners’ Picnic — thek one day together by the sea.
The Years It Was Summer is a happy and remarkably accurate evocation of a small, warm-hearted, close-knit community — its roots in the harsher world of the past, its future uncertain, but inevitable change in sight.
Maurice Milliard’s writing ranges from humour to sadness and back again, without ever lapsing into sentimentality or farce. The life and people of this extremely enjoyable novel are real and undistorted.”