Reviews

  • "With a detective’s forensic patience and the narrative ear of a novelist, Tindall unpicks the histories of these houses"

    Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
  • "Gillian Tindall is a tapestry maker. She finds patterns in history – woven from close research into people and places – that no one else would have the persistence and insight to pursue. In this unique and often joyful chronicle, she interweaves the stories of three houses which marked crucial stages in her own life"

    Independent
  • "A gentle, yet rigorous examination of the story of three historic buildings...each chapter is an engaging meditation on English history. Thanks to Ms Tindall the stories of all three are better understood than at any point in their history, and all have their place in a perfectly crafted book"

    Country Life
  • "Tindall is a forensic researcher [and] has an imaginative historical sensibility and her way of revisiting the past – as if approaching it through the back door – has both subtlety and poignancy. The names of Tindall’s inhabitants may sometimes pass in a blur but together they form a roll-call of the predecessors of modern Britain. There are of course thousands of other houses like the three in this touching book...whose stories will never be told"

    Michael Prodger, Financial Times
  • "Gillian Tindall is gifted with an archeological imagination. [She] circles around these houses, bringing out their light, colour and preciousness by employing a method that crosses genres. This book is an education in many things"

    Frances Spalding, Literary Review