The Summer Before the Dark Signed by Doris Lessing 1st / 1st 1973
First UK edition and first print published by Jonathan Cape in 1973. This is a near fine copy. The complete wrapper has very little wear at all save for a tiny amount of rubbing to the spine ends. There are no tears or chips. It is not price clipped. The book has no foxing or ink and very little handling wear. Overall a near fine copy. This copy is signed by the author to the title page, without dedication.
As the summer begins, Kate Brown—attractive, intelligent, forty-five, happily married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children—has no reason to expect that anything will change. But by summer’s end the woman she was—living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring—no longer exists. The Summer Before the Dark takes us along on Kate’s journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, from husband to lover to madness, on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with herself that lets her finally and truly come of age.