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Prospect recommends: William Trevor’s Love and Summer

By William Skidelsky  

Love and Summer by William Trevor (Viking)

William Trevor is the supreme fictional chronicler of memory. Few writers have better understood—or more expertly conveyed—the way in which a person’s past can overwhelm their present, fixing them in a mould from which they cannot escape. This dual emphasis on past and present gives Trevor’s fiction its satisfying complexity, even when his plots—as in this new novel—are straightforward.

Love and Summer tells the story of a one-sided love…

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