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The Great Silence 'looks at a forgotten time'

10th November 2009

Juliet Nicolson's latest book offers insight into one of the neglected periods of modern history, according to one reviewer.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Linda Christmas explained that The Great Silence looks at the two years after the end of the First World War, which was marked by people mourning their lost loved-ones and former soldiers struggling with unemployment.

'Anyone who has read the author's book on the year 1911, The Perfect Summer, will feel at home, not just with her lucid writing style and appetite for detailed research, but also with some of the characters,' the reviewer suggested.

Christmas also said that Nicolson is successful in showing how people who enjoyed the pre-war Edwardian era would have been forced to deal with a completely changed reality just seven years later.

However, she also pointed out that Nicolson focuses on the lives of the social elite, with the ordinary people featured in the book tending to be their chauffeurs or maids.

Reviewing The Great Silence in the Guardian, Francis Beckett said that Nicolson's technique of looking at snippets of everyday life allows her to deliver a sense of the past which is missing from conventional accounts of history.

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