The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

Life in the English Country House, 1918-1939

Book - 2016
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"Drawing on thousands of memoirs, unpublished letters and diaries, and the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and bibulous butlers, historian Adrian Tinniswood brings the stately homes of England to life as never before, opening the door onto a world half-remembered, glamorous, shameful at times, and forever wrapped in myth. The long weekend revels in the sheer variety of country house life: from King George V poring over his stamp collection at Sandringham to fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley collecting mistresses at ancestral homes across the nation, from Edward VIII entertaining Wallis Simpson at Fort Belvedere to the Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim, whose wife became obsessed with her pet spaniels. Tinniswood reveals what it was really like to live and work in some of the most beautiful houses the world has ever seen during the last great golden age of the English country home"--
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780465048984
Branch Call Number: ANF 305.520942 TIN
Characteristics: xi, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm

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uncommonreader
Feb 23, 2017

This book is mostly about the houses themselves in the south of England, rather than their social life, and their demise. Somewhat boring.

Bunny_Watson716 Sep 26, 2016

Conversational in tone, Tinniswood chronicles the changing times in England's country houses and estates during the times of the first and second world wars. An enjoyable look at an unimaginably lavish lifestyle for the average person.

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