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Ashenden (Paperback)
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Paperback Published: 28/06/2012
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Elizabeth Wilhide's debut novel "Ashenden" traces the history of an English house across two and a half centuries. When Charlie and Ros inherit Ashenden from their aunt Reggie a decision must be made. The beautiful eighteenth-century house, set in acres of English countryside, is in need of serious repair. Do they try to keep it in the family, or will they have to sell? Moving back in time, in an interwoven narrative spanning two and a half centuries, we witness the house from its beginnings through to the present day. Along the way we meet those who have built the house, lived in it and loved it; those who have worked in it, and those who would subvert it to their own ends, including Mrs Trimble, housekeeper to the rackety, spendthrift Mores; the wealthy Henderson family, in their Victorian heyday; six-year-old Pudge; Walter Beckmann, prisoner in its grounds. A novel about people, architecture and living history, "Ashenden" is an evocative and allusive reflection on England and its past. "Lively interlinked historical vignettes display distinct post-Downton commercial savvy ...a pleasurably subtle web of connections ...a beguilingly effortless read". ("Daily Mail"). "An engrossing debut ...a sparkling jewel: full of fascinating detail, high drama and sly wit". (Amanda Foreman). "I adored this book; I saw it as a sort of love letter to a vanished way of life, and a slice of English history at the same time, tracing as it does the lives of all the people who lived in Ashenden, a beautiful English country house, for over two hundred years. It's very touching and very compelling". (Penny Vincenzi). Elizabeth Wilhide is the author of over 20 books on interior design, decoration and architecture and a co-author and contributing editor to some 30 other titles, collaborating with authors such as David Linley, Terence Conran and Tricia Guild. Born in the United States, she has lived in Britain since 1967. She lives with her husband, an architect, and their two children in the East End of London.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781905490950
Weight: 437 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 24 mm

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“Ashenden”

Reading this was a really nice experience. It started to have that pulling effect when I know I really should put it down and sleep, but another page wouldn't hurt.....

There's lots to like about this book:... More

Paperback edition
31st March 2013
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“Not as enjoyable as I expected”

The first chapter of 'Ashenden' gave a very good description of the house and the two characters Ros and Charlie, and I looked forward to an interesting and enjoyable read. However, apart from the details of... More

Paperback edition
29th May 2012
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“Ashenden”

I loved loved loved this book! Ashenden is an English Palladian house which has had many residents from this time it was built to the present. Each chapter sees a new generation with a connection to the house and who... More

Paperback edition
18th June 2012
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