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The House Party

Adrian Tinniswood

A delightful journey through the glamorous story of the English country house party by the bestselling historian.

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£10.00
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571350964
Date Published
07.11.2019
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Summary

A delightful journey through the glamorous story of the English country house party by the bestselling historian.

Croquet. Parlour games. Cocktails.
Welcome to a glorious journey through the golden age of the country house party – and you are invited.

Our host, celebrated historian Adrian Tinniswood, traces the evolution of this quintessentially British pastime from debauched royal tours to the flamboyant excess of the Bright Young Things. With cameos by the Jazz Age industrialist, the bibulous earl and the off-duty politician – whether in moated manor houses or ornate Palladian villas – Tinniswood gives a vivid insight into weekending etiquette and reveals the hidden lives of celebrity guests, from Nancy Astor to Winston Churchill, in all their drinking, feasting, gambling and fornicating.

The result is a deliciously entertaining, star-studded, yet surprisingly moving portrait of a time when social conventions were being radically overhauled through the escapism of a generation haunted by war – and a uniquely fast-living period of English history.

Praise for The Long Weekend:

‘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.’ Observer

‘A deliciously jaunty and wonderfully knowledgeable book… Tinniswood displays a terrific insider’s grasp of gossip … A meticulous, irresistible story.’
Spectator

‘Elegant, encyclopedic and entertaining … A confident and skilled historian who understands the mores of his era and wears his learning lightly … Deserves to be on every costume drama producer’s bookshelf.’ Times

Critic Reviews

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 [on The Long Weekend]
Critic Reviews

Ideally sized for a Christmas stocking and for the bedside table of a guest bedroom ... Lots of nuggets to tickle your imagination.

The Times
Critic Reviews

Rife with shareable anecdotes ... A rich eulogy ... It makes a perfect host’s gift.

Financial Times
Critic Reviews

A highly enjoyable romp through toff etiquette and bad behaviour.

Big Issue
Critic Reviews

Dainty enough to perch at the top of a Christmas stocking ... Richly anecdotal ... This is a delightful little book, narrated with Tinniswood’s habitual panache.

Literary Review
Critic Reviews

Never at a loss for an insightful or amusing anecdote, Tinniswood whirls his readers through the pleasures and pitfalls of country-house life: the food, the sport, the etiquette, the occasional scandal. The result is a volume sure to enliven many a stocking this festive season.

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AdrianTinniswood

Adrian Tinniswood is the bestselling author of fifteen books of social and architectural history. A Senior Research Fellow at University of Buckingham and a Visiting Fellow in Heritage and History at Bath Spa University, he worked for and with the National Trust for more than thirty years. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to heritage. @AdeTinniswood

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