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The dying days of the English country house

Adrian Tinniswood vividly captures the last days of gracious living in his jaunty history,The Long Weekend

28 May 2016

9:00 AM

28 May 2016

9:00 AM

The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House Adrian Tinniswood

Cape, pp.406, £25, ISBN: 9780224099455

Contrary to popular myth, the exuberant flame of life in the English country house was not extinguished by tears at the end of the Great War. And in his deliciously jaunty and wonderfully knowledgeable book, Adrian Tinniswood, social historian and country house authority, also upturns the story that huge numbers of Britain’s loveliest houses disappeared in the 1920s and 1930s, either through lack of heirs, despair, neglect or the stranglehold of taxation.

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