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  • [A] preposterously entertaining history of the postwar country house... reading it is rather like leafing through an old leather-bound Smythson address book whose well-connected owner has helpfully added waspish notes, gossip and the odd family tree. In other words, it's heaven.

    Rachel Cooke, Observer
  • Adrian Tinniswood's rollicking study perfectly captures the combination of decadence, pathos and brazen cheek that kept the English country house alive when it faced disaster.

    John Walsh, Sunday Times
  • [A] brilliant new history of the country house since 1945... Tinniswood tells...[the] story superbly, his racy anecdotes mined not just from the usual memoirs, but from a studious trawl of endless local papers.

    Marcus Binney, Daily Telegraph
  • Beautifully orchestrated... a compulsive read, deliciously voyeuristic and yet a triumph of meticulous social and cultural scholarship.

    Country Life
  • A vastly entertaining account of the crisis that befell England's stately homes in the decades immediately after the war.

    Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph, *Books of the Year*

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