From an acclaimed social and architectural historian, the tumultuous, scandalous, glitzy, and glamourous history of English country houses and high society during the interwar period
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This book has great promise and a couple worthwhile chapters including an opening piece on the actual weekends promised by the title and a closing chapter on the servants lives, but between there is much tedium.
Chapter after chapter of how Lord Sumblebum hired some known society decorator to do up Moldy Manor. And that this was all covered in Country Life. We're supposed to care but with nary a picture to support most of them we're just left confused. How useful is a description of a Manor house with "high gables and ivy" with not so much as a single picture.
In particular the chapter on the handful of modern country houses just left me screaming "show me". A couple random pictures didn't do the job.
Descriptions of lavish dinners and receptions were similarly crying out for anything to bring the text yo life.
Certainly well researched but would be much more interesting with half the text and dozens of additional...
I liked the book at first, then found it to be the equivalent of being stuck on an airplane next to someone who talks endlessly about how they remodeled their house. In copiously detailed chapters, we learn about the selection of architects, the choice of materials, which features to preserve and which to demolish. Followed by patterns, colors, window placement, and landscape design. If you are looking for a long airplane-ride nap, this is the book for you.
Entertaining, gossipy guide to the final years of the English country house. The number of houses cited in England, Wales and Scotland is amazing. Not too many pictures and most in black and white. Still, there is Google to check if a particular house or area takes your fancy. I have travelled widely in Glos. And was surprised to discover several houses I had never heard of. This would be a great resource in planning a theme trip to Britain. The anecdotes about the owners of the houses are a real treat. If you are fascinated by the interwar years in England, you will enjoy this book.
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