Norfolk Summer: Making
The Go-Between
Christopher Hartop




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Published by
John Adamson 
October 2011

80 pp.
55 illustrations
in colour
or black and white
9 1/2 × 7 5/8 in.
(241 × 194 mm)

Paperback £12.99

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Joseph Losey’s award-winning movie The Go-Between was filmed entirely on location in Norfolk in 1970. The film charts the tragic story of a young boy’s loss of innocence during a hot summer and stars Julie Christie and Alan Bates as a pair of lovers crossing class boundaries in late Victorian England. The production brought together the playwright Harold Pinter, who adapted L.P. Hartley’s elegant novel for the screen, the acclaimed director Joseph Losey and a cast of international stars for ten weeks’ filming in and around Melton Constable Hall in north Norfolk – a time of happy creativity, some tension and a good deal of comedy. But the idyllic summer only came about after years of bitter battling over the rights of the book, and it was to be followed by yet more intrigue and high drama, which culminated in the film’s triumph at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Palme d’Or.

‘a brilliant new book’, Ian Collins, Eastern Daily Press
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‘charming and generously illustrated’, Lewis Jones, The Spectator
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1 Summer’s Day
2 Long Road
3 Norfolk Idyll
4 Release
5 Legacy
Synopsis of the Film
Film Credits


The Author

Christopher Hartop’s books include The Huguenot Legacy (Thomas Heneage, 1996), East Anglian Silver (John Adamson, 2004), Royal Goldsmiths (John Adamson, 2005), British and Irish Silver from the Fogg Art Museum (Yale University Press, 2007), A Noble Feast (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2008), The Classical Ideal (John Adamson, 2010) and A Noble Pursuit (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2010).



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