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The Great Lover (Paperback)
June 2010 Indie Next List
“In 1909, Nell Golightly is a young maid in the employ of Rupert Brooke's mother. Alternating between the voices of Nell and Rupert, Jill Dawson (a poet herself) brings Rupert Brooke to life in this striking and affecting novel of the poet as a young man. This moving story sparked my interest Brooke's poetry as well as my interest in his short life and tragic death.”
— Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI
"A brilliant, complicated man is the centre of Jill Dawson's The Great Lover, and while she draws extensively on historical records of Brooke and his contemporaries, it is her decisions as a novelist that make this account of his life fascinating as well as faithful. . . . . The story that emerges is strong, satisfying, and memorable." -- The Times (London)
An imaginative, fascinating novel about one of the most enduringly popular and romantic figures of the First World War--the radical, handsome young poet Rupert Brooke.