From Downton to Brideshead, the English country house holds a unique place in the nation’s affections, whilst the parties thrown in their name have become legendary. This light and wickedly indulgent skip through the etiquette, decadence and star-studded guest lists of the Edwardian aristocracy’s events schedule is a beautifully presented and eloquently written window into a glamorous bygone age.
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.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm