The Sunday Times bestseller - a beautifully illustrated, evocative history of the English country house in the 20s and 30s
Adrian Tinniswood OBE FSA is the author of fifteen books on social and architectural history, including Behind the Throne- A Domestic History of the Royal Household; The Long Weekend- Life in the English Country House Between the Wars, a New York Timesand Sunday Times bestseller; His Invention So Fertile- A Life of Christopher Wren and The Verneys- a True Story of Love, War and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England, which was shortlisted for the BBC/Samuel Johnson Prize. He has worked with a number of heritage organisations including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust, and is currently Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Buckingham and Visiting Fellow in Heritage and History at Bath Spa University.
[A] fantastically readable and endlessly fascinating book...
Delicious, occasionally fantastical, revealing in ways that
Downton Abbey never was. It is as if Tinniswood
is at the biggest, wildest, most luxuriantly decadent party ever
thrown, and he knows everyone. -- Rachel Cooke * Observer
Tinniswood and his publishers should be congratulated for issuing this elegant, encyclopedic and entertaining history... We are in the company of a confident and skilled historian who understands the mores of his era and wears his learning lightly... This is a handsomely illustrated pick'n'mix of mansions, manors, castles and palaces.... Tinniswood expands our Sunday evening viewing with the kind of detail you can't invent... Deserves to be on every costume drama producer's bookshelf. -- Virginia Nicholson * The Times *
He has produced a luscious, summery book, full of amiable anecdotes and photographs of striking interiors, celebrating headstrong optimists who defied the defeatism of the times. The Long Weekend resembles a well-kept hothouse festooned with fruit ripe for the plucking. -- Richard Davenport-Hines * Sunday Times *
Wonderfully opulent, richly textured... The opening chapters of The Long Weekend paint an evocative picture... In telling us how the English country house changed, he is, of course, telling us how England changed too. -- Xan Brooks * Sunday Telegraph *
[A] masterpiece of social history. -- Roger Lewis * Daily Mail *
Many of Tinniswood's anecdotes are extraordinary... Painstakingly researched detail that makes The Long Weekend so entertaining... A rich, multilayered and well-illustrated account of a style of live that disappeared with the Second World War. Lovers of...Brideshead Revisited will relish it. -- Charlotte Heathcote * Sunday Express *
[A] deliciously jaunty and wonderfully knowledgeable book... Tinniswood displays a terrific insider's grasp of gossip, while cramming his text with the stories of sport, sex, food, royalty, design, ruination and joy that defined these mansions... Meticulous, irresistible story. -- Juliet Nicolson * Spectator *
This delicious book achieves completely what it sets out to do. -- Marcus Berkmann * Daily Mail *
Tinniswood gives us many entertaining stories about the whimsical extravagances of the new country-housers... The Long Weekend is a celebration of fantasy and yearning cunningly wrapped up in pragmatism and practicality: about ancient castles with top-notch plumbing. -- Lucy Lethbridge * Financial Times *
Almost indecently enjoyable... Splendidly contrary book... [Tinniswood has a] sharp pen and a squirrel's eye for detail... Erudite, funny and oddly poignant. -- Miranda Seymour * Literary Review *