Three Houses, Many Lives
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Three Houses, Many Lives

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The history of place in the hands of a master in the evocation of time and social change. In Three Houses, Many Lives, the houses -- a Cotswold vicarage, a one-time girls' boarding school in Surrey and a Jacobean house now buried in inner London -- represent the changing face of England during four centuries through the many people who have lived in them.

Many lives indeed,...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Chatto & Windus (first published June 7th 2012)
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I enjoyed how the author was able to uncover the histories of the three houses by painstaking research and in particular, her explanations of how their structures and uses were altered over the centuries in response to the vast social and economic changes that occurred.
Meaningless and poorly-contextualized nostalgia written in limp, passive prose. Even if, for some reason, you really really like old English manor houses, don't bother buying this - someone will surely pick you up a copy or four at the gift shop of some other musty, flower-wallpapered house museum.
Sarah Harkness
Very readable, but ultimately its about three unconnected houses, none of them with any famous inhabitants. and I'm not sure how interested I would have been if it wasn't for the parallels with my Nelly project
Oct 31, 2013 Mary marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Unfinished. I' ve got too many books to read so I can't justify finishing this. It looked so good on the blurb but really didn't live up to expectations
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Gillian Tindall began her career as a prize-winning novelist. She has continued to publish fiction but has also staked out an impressive territory in idiosyncratic non-fiction that is brilliantly evocative of place.

Her The Fields Beneath: The History of One London Village which first appeared thirty years ago, has rarely been out of print; nor has Celestine: Voices from a French Village, published...more
More about Gillian Tindall...
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