By Juliet Nicolson, read by Emilia Fox and abridged by Libby Spurrier.
A biography of the lovely summer of 1911.
Shy Queen Mary dreads her husband's coronation, and there is unrest in the docks.
The dockers go on strike and the ordeal is over for Queen Mary.
In a posh student prank, a bulldog takes on 50 rabbits.
July and it's very hot.
Sixteen per cent of workers are in service, but the National Insurance Act looks to destroy, as Lady Desart put it, 'that beautiful intimacy which had hitherto so often existed between mistress and servants'.
Early August and there's dreadful heat and all out strikes.
Even the King cuts short his Cowes holiday.
Pawnbroker shops close, full to brim; and Churchill calls in the cavalry.
Late August and an unknown female sparks a mass strike by women workers.