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A Country Life: At Home in the English Countryside

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Sir Roy Strong and his wife, the designer Julia Trevelyan Oman, have lived in the country for nearly thirty years. In 1987 he was asked to write an occasional column reflecting this quintessentially English way of life for the prestigious magazine A Country Life. This charming book brings these popular pieces together, portraying the passing of the seasons in what the auth ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 28th 1995)
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Alan Thompson
A series of vignettes that first appeared as columns in a British weekly, Country Life,from 1989 to 1994. Except for the essay at the beginning, they are like diary entries depicting a moment or a day at the author's home, The Laskett. A plan of the house and gardens early in the book enable the reader to get his bearings.
Laura Bang
A charming series of vignettes about late-20th-century English country life. The writings were originally published as a magazine column and each piece is only a couple of paragraphs that present a brief snapshot of Strong's life, mainly to do with the upkeep of his formal garden, but with a few other topics as well.
This was an enjoyable series of columns written mainly about the author's country house and gardens. It was nice to have a plan of the house and grounds at the front to refer to and better imagine the things he was talking about.
I love books about living in the country, England and gardens and this book had them all. It is a great read!
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Sir Roy Colin Strong FRSL is an English art historian, museum curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer. He has been director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He was knighted in 1983.
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