The Diary of Miss Idilia

by Genevieve Hill (ed)

  • Published: 04 Feb 2010
  • Price: £12.99
  • Format: Hardback
  • Extent: 239p
  • ISBN: 9781906021818
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One summer’s day in 1851, a seventeen-year-old Scottish girl, on holiday with her family in the German Rhineland, sets off with her sketchbook, and disappears – never to be seen again.

Eleven years later, a ruined turret near to the inn where Idilia and her parents had been staying is dismantled by local builders. Among the rubble, they come across the bones of a young girl and then, when the coping of the tower wall is removed, a small, gilt-edged diary, wedged into a gap in the mortar. Its tattered pages finally unravel the mystery of Idilia’s disappearance – the story of an illicit love affair which, through a cruel twist of fate, had ended in catastrophe.

Like Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther and Turgenev’s First Love, The Diary of Miss Idilia is a classic of its kind, an enchanting and poignant portrait of a youthful passion which, with tragic inevitability, seems to carry the seeds of its own destruction.

“An unbearably poignant tale”
<em>The Good Book Guide</em>

About Genevieve Hill (ed)

The Diary of Miss Idilia was edited by Genevieve Hill, a friend of Idilia Dubb’s, and was passed down through her estate to an anonymous foundation in Scotland. This is the first time the book has been published in the English language.