The Voice from the Garden

The Voice from the Garden

Pamela Hambro and the Tale of Two Families Before and After the Great War

Jane Dismore


The story of the Cobbold brewing family of Suffolk and the famous merchant banking dynasty, the Hambros.

  • ISBN 9781781320259
  • Published Aug 2012
  • Hardback
    234 x 156mm (400 pages)


In 1900 few people could have imagined that their world would change so drastically in such a short time. The shell-shocked society that emerged from the Great War was at once less unequal and more demanding, more hopeful and yet less certain, than the old. The Voice from the Garden opens a window onto these two worlds through Pamela and her families.

The daughter of a doomed union between trade and title, Pamela was born into the Cobbold brewing family of Suffolk and married into the famous merchant banking dynasty, the Hambros. Wealthy the families may have been, but money is no protection against the loss caused by war or the frailties of human nature. From an extraordinary period of social and economic change, here are fascinating characters, mystery, adultery, despair and hope. It is a unique tale, at the heart of which lies the love story of Pamela and Charles.


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February 2013: Jane's book has been selected for the long-list of 12 titles for the New Angle Prize for Literature.

The NAP judges described the book as "A meticulous and captivating reconstruction of the life of Pamela Hambro – of the East Anglian Cobbold family – and the impact of the First World War on her life. At the story’s heart lies her enduring love for her husband Charles, of the Hambro banking dynasty."

December 2012: On Christmas Eve, Jane and her book featured in a half-page article in the print edition of The Telegraph.

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