• Title: The English House: The Story of a Nation at Home
  • Author: Clive Aslet
  • ISBN: 9780747577973
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The English House The Story of a Nation at Home In this groundbreaking work Clive Aslet brings us face to face with the personalities technologies industries and histories that have shaped the English domestic house The journey begins at Clive
    In this groundbreaking work, Clive Aslet brings us face to face with the personalities, technologies, industries, and histories that have shaped the English domestic house The journey begins at Clive s family home in 19th century London, from where we peer out at the back breaking business of brick making and the gory executions at Tyburn He then takes us to 20 houses arIn this groundbreaking work, Clive Aslet brings us face to face with the personalities, technologies, industries, and histories that have shaped the English domestic house The journey begins at Clive s family home in 19th century London, from where we peer out at the back breaking business of brick making and the gory executions at Tyburn He then takes us to 20 houses around England, each throwing open a window onto a different period of history From the imaginative wooden house a Marlborough silk merchant built for himself after 1653 s Great Fire, to a populist row of flat roofed prefabs on the outskirts of Amersham in 1947, Clive explores how the basic concept of home has evolved through the years On the grander end of the spectrum we meet house as metaphor, house as art at colossal Elveden Hall in Suffolk, a glittering tribute to the Taj Mahal that nearly bankrupted the original India owner, and the Butterfly House in Surrey, a 21st century glass and fibers homage to nature and a glimpse at the future of housing.

    One Reply to “The English House: The Story of a Nation at Home”

    1. This book is a delightful survey of English homes over the centuries with some elegant writing and lovely insights into domestic living. It's an odd book, in some ways, because despite being a quality production (hardback, sewn in bookmark)it has very few illustrations. A fine line drawing heads each chapter, but after that - nothing. A book that discusses architectural features would have benefited from diagrams, illustrations and, if possible, photographs. Even a layout plan of the dwellings w [...]

    2. Charming, informative, transportive read. Clive Aslet is a beautiful writer. I do wish there were some more images included in the book though, other than the drawings that introduce each chapter. This is an example of where needs to let us do half stars. This is a solid 3.5-er, which is pretty high praise from me.

    3. Interesting and well put together book on the history of the English house told through specific houses - full review here0651frombrighton.u

    4. It's about English houses by an editor of Country Life magazine. It was a fantastic and interesting read. Enough said.

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