Judith Kinghorn was born in Northumberland, England, and lived and worked in London for a number of years, formerly as a director of Megalomedia plc and managing director of Graduate Appointments. Judith was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and nominated a Woman of the Year before giving up her career to focus on her family and her writing. She lives in Hampshire, England.
Judith’s début novel, The Last Summer, was published in the UK, British Commonwealth countries and Canada by Headline/Hachette in April 2012, and in the USA by NAL/Penguin Random House in January 2013. Her second novel, The Memory of Lost Senses, was published in the UK, British Commonwealth countries and Canada in May 2013 and will be published in the USA and in Germany in 2014. Her novels have so far been translated to German (Die Sommertänzerin), Italian (L’Ultima Estate a Deyning Park), Spanish (Un Verano Que Nunca Volverá) and French (L’été des Secrets).
From the acclaimed author of The Last Summer, a captivating and moving story of the unlikely relationship between a lady and her maid on the eve of World War I.
As I watched him—his long legs striding the narrow path through the heather, his golden hair catching the sun—I had a hideous feeling in the pit of my stomach. For it seemed as though he was already marching away from me.
In 1914, despite the clouds of war threatening Europe, Pearl Gibson’s future is bright. She has secured a position as a lady’s maid to a wealthy Northumberland aristocrat, a job that will win her not only respect but an opportunity to travel and live in luxury. Her new life at Lady Ottoline Campbell’s Scottish summer estate is a whirlwind of intrigue and glamour, scandals and confidences—and surprisingly, a strange but intimate friendship with her employer.
But when violence erupts in Europe, Pearl and Ottoline’s world is irrevocably changed. As the men in their lives are called to the front lines, leaving them behind to anxiously brace for bad news, Pearl realizes she must share one final secret with her mistress—a secret that will bind them together forever...
Within weeks letters would be burned, pages torn. Promises would be broken and hearts betrayed. But for now the countryside languished, golden and fading?
Cecily Chadwick is idling away the long, hot summer of 1911 when a mysterious countess moves into the large, deserted country house on the edge of her sleepy English village. Rumors abound about the countess’s many husbands and lovers, her opulent wealth, and the tragedies that have marked her life. As Cecily gets to know her, she becomes fascinated by the remarkable woman?riveted by her tales of life on the Continent, and of the famous people she once knew. But the countess is clearly troubled by her memories, and by ruinous secrets that haunt her?
Staying with the countess is a successful novelist and dear friend who has been summoned to write the countess’s memoirs. For aspiring writer Cecily, the novelist’s presence only adds to the intrigue of the house. But it is the countess’s grandson, Jack, who draws Cecily further into the tangled web of the countess's past, and sweeps her into an uncertain future