The Long Weekend

Life in the English Country House Between the Wars

Author: Adrian Tinniswood

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448191246

Category: History

Page: 416

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'A masterpiece of social history' Daily Mail There is nothing quite as beautiful as an English country house in summer. And there has never been a summer quite like that Indian summer between the two world wars, a period of gentle decline in which the sun set slowly on the British Empire and the shadows lengthened on the lawns of a thousand stately homes. Real life in the country house during the 1920s and 1930s was not always so sunny. By turns opulent and ordinary, noble and vicious, its shadows were darker. In The Long Weekend, Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the truth about a world half-forgotten, draped in myth and hidden behind stiff upper lips and film-star smiles. Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, on unpublished letters and diaries, on the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers, The Long Weekend gives a voice to the people who inhabited this world and shows how the image of the country house was carefully protected by its occupants above and below stairs, and how the reality was so much more interesting than the dream.

The Royal Society

Author: Adrian Tinniswood

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 1786691884

Category: Science

Page: 256

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The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge has been at the forefront of scientific endeavour for more than 350 years, since receiving its royal charter from Charles II in 1662. Philosophical Transactions, published in 1665, established the concepts of scientific priority and peer review and is the oldest scientific journal in continuous publication in the world. The 8,000 fellows elected to the Society to date include all of the scientific leading lights of the last four centuries, including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Tim Berners-Lee and Stephen Hawking. The Society's motto, nullius in verba, 'on the word of no one', is a reminder of its founders' belief that authority must always be questioned; hypotheses can never be taken for granted; truths must be demonstrated or they are not truths at all. Adrian Tinniswood examines why the Royal Society has been such a pivotal institution in the cultural life of Britain and the world.

Tales from the Big House: Normanby Hall

400 Years of Its History and People

Author: Stephen Wade

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473893410

Category: History

Page: 152

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Tales from the Big House: Normanby Hall tells the story of a place known perhaps today mainly as the home where Samantha Cameron grew up, but historically it has been the seat of the Sheffield family, whose most famous member was arguably the Duke of Buckingham in the seventeenth century. As with most country houses, the Hall was used as a military hospital in the Great War, and in the Second World War there were military personnel based there again. It stands just a few miles from the great steelworks on the Brigg Road, which have always defined Scunthorpe, so it played its part in the history of steel-making also.The book includes biographies of the famous but also tells of the lives of the ordinary people who kept the house and the estate going, from the gamekeepers to the gardeners, and the cooks to the stable hands. All this is set against the social background through the centuries of its existence, up to the sale of the Hall to Scunthorpe Borough Council in 1964. The lives familiar to us today from Downton Abbey and similar family sagas are at the heart of Stephen Wades history. But along the way, the reader will meet such characters as Sir Berkeley Sheffield, model railway enthusiast, Walter Brierley, architect, Thomas Sumpter, the schoolmaster, John Fletcher, machine-maker, and perhaps most charismatically of all, Lady Arthur Grosvenor, an expert on gypsy caravans.

Afternoon Tea

A History

Author: Julia Skinner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442271027

Category: Cooking

Page: 244

View: 1283


Afternoon Tea focuses on the history and development of afternoon tea. While other books focus on etiquette, recipes, or a few notable figures, this book offers a more in-depth consideration of the meal by discussing its intersections with English colonialism, its changes over time, and its regional variations.

The Country House Library

Author: Mark Purcell

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300248687

Category: Architecture

Page: 352

View: 6328


Beginning with new evidence that cites the presence of books in Roman villas and concluding with present day vicissitudes of collecting, this generously illustrated book presents a complete survey of British and Irish country house libraries. Replete with engaging anecdotes about owners and librarians, the book features fascinating information on acquisition bordering on obsession, the process of designing library architecture, and the care (and neglect) of collections. The author also disputes the notion that these libraries were merely for show, arguing that many of them were profoundly scholarly, assembled with meticulous care, and frequently used for intellectual pursuits. For those who love books and the libraries in which they are collected and stored, The Country House Library is an essential volume to own.

The Long Weekend : a Social History of Great Britain 1918-1939

And, The Reader Over Your Shoulder : a Handbook for Writers of English Prose

Author: Robert Graves

Publisher: Carcanet Press

ISBN: 9781857546644

Category: History

Page: 848

View: 5181


This contemporary edition makes available two of Graves's pieces of non-fiction that haave not been widely available since their original printing during the 1940s. In addition to the original text, this volume includes a substantial introduction that provides background information and literary criticism. The volume will be of use to students studying Graves as well as to scholars seeking both clean and durable editions of these previously obscure texts and analytical commentary from a literary scholar. As a companion piece to Graves's famous autobiography Goodbye to All That, this volume gives a broader perspective on the writer's understanding of WWI, its impact on English culture and his views on contemporary writing in England.

Country House Society

The Private Lives of England's Upper Class After the First World War

Author: Pamela Horn

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445635380

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 712


Forget glossy period dramas, here is the real story of Britain's super-rich from the First World War to the end of the 'roaring' twenties.

Nancy Lancaster

Her Life, Her World, Her Art

Author: Robert Becker

Publisher: Knopf


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 426

View: 7064


The life and work of Nancy Lancaster "whose inborn decorating genius culminated in her creation of the style (chintz, elegance, cozy clutter) that flourishes today as the English Country look."--Jacket.