Published: Lightning Books (November 2018)

ISBN: 9781785630972

A Summerstoke Affair

Caroline Kington


A tale of passion, power and dirty parsnips

‘A light and humorous look at village life’ – The Herald

In the West Country village of Summerstoke, as autumn beckons, the fireworks party is not the only thing set to go with a bang.

Juliet Peters, soap star, publicity junkie and all-round flirt, and Isabelle Garnett, ex-artist, neglected housewife and mother-of-two, seem to have nothing in common. When they both try to build a new life in the country, they discover there are no such things as secrets in village life.

Their husbands seem to be on a collision course too. One is the new MP returning to his roots; the other, the local newspaper editor, on the lookout for scandal. Add to the mix a wild-child teenager, a reformed rogue, a ruthless social-climbing couple and four old ladies with a manor house and an ear for gossip, and you’ve got a recipe for trouble.

Packed with intrigue, humour and spirit, Caroline Kington’s delightful novel serves up an affair to remember.






‘I have read the Summerstoke books with great pleasure. They are fascinating, funny and moving tales of a village. Having grown up in a village, and now living again in one, I can vouch for it being a glorious trilogy based firmly in reality. I recommend them heartily – they have given me hours of hugely enjoyable reading’

Stephanie Cole


‘Caroline Kington has a rare ability to create a multiplicity of story lines that somehow mesh together into a fabulously satisfying finale’

Bath Chronicle

‘An MP and a muck-raking local paper editor are on a collision course in this light and humorous look at village life’

The Herald

‘Warmth and passion, a wild teenager and a rogue, plus a bunch of social climbers make it a‘just right’ recipe for winter saga readers’

Warwickshire Telegraph

‘A tale of passion, power and intrigue’

Somerset Life



Caroline Kington

Caroline Kington spent most of her working life in theatre and television, as a director, producer and founder of the fringe theatre company Antidote Theatre.

Since the death of her husband Miles Kington, the columnist and broadcaster, she has posthumously published three of his books: a humorous memoir of his illness, called How Shall I Tell the Dog?; a collection of his columns and other writings, The Best By Miles; and a collection of his celebrated ‘Franglais’ columns that had not appeared in book form before, Le Bumper Book of Franglais.

In her own right, she is the author of the Summerstoke trilogy of rural comedies. She insists that no character in the series is based on anybody from the small village near Bath where she has lived for many years. Nobody believes her.

Her novel A Long Shadow had its origins in a feature she made for Channel 4 News at the turn of this century about the pressures on farmers as a result of BSE and foot-and-mouth disease.