The End of Summer

THE END OF SUMMER is a literary psychological suspense about deception and betrayal and the bond between mothers and daughters, spanning the 1980s to the present day. This is Charlotte’s fifth novel. Her espionage trilogy (PART OF THE FAMILY, A DOUBLE LIFE, and THE SECOND WOMAN) is currently in development, and her standalone EDITH AND KIM is being developed by Met Film, and Charlotte herself is adapting the trilogy and EDITH AND KIM. THE END OF SUMMER will be published by The Borough Press in summer 2024.

The End of Summer follows the secret life of Judy McVee, who whilst attempting to hustle her way into a community of wealthy WASPs in the US finds herself falling in love with the man she is trying to deceive. Marriage follows, with Judy managing to conceal her chequered past from her husband, Rory, and their daughter, Francesca- until the day, decades later, when journalists descend on Francesca’s perfect family home claiming the case of her father’s murder has been reopened, after twenty years -and Judy is the prime suspect…

Charlotte Philby worked for the Independent for eight years as a columnist, editor and reporter, and was shortlisted for the Cudlipp Prize for her investigative journalism at the 2013 Press Awards. A former contributing editor and feature writer at Marie Claire, she has written for the New Statesman, Elle, Telegraph, Guardian and Sunday Times, been interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends and presented documentaries for the BBC World Service and The One Show. Charlotte is the granddaughter of Britain’s most infamous communist double-agent, the elusive ‘third man’ in the Cambridge spy ring.