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A Lust for Window Sills

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A brilliant, offbeat celebration of the great hodgepodge of British buildings' Thomas Marks, Sunday Telegraph

From soaring Victorian railway stations to Edwardian terraces, from Perpendicular churches to Strawberry Hill, Britain has an architecture unrivalled in fertility, invention and heart-stopping beauty. And with some very strong feelings about window sills, Harry Moun
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Abacus (first published August 1st 2009)
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Sep 30, 2009 Elizabeth added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: a birthday present from Kathryn Davie
I confess I am more of a 20th century architecture kind of girl. I find the sweeping curves and arches of what Mount calls "the not so handsome concrete bridge" in Berwick to be heartachingly lovely (and really do consider him a bit of a Philistine for this throwaway comment!).

However, my main complaint about this book is its lack of structure. Mount knows it's a flaw, and tries to cover it up by stating right away that "this book is a dipper, not a reader-straight-througher." I think that's a p
Sep 08, 2012 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book last Christmas because the title looked interesting. It was definitely a worthwhile purchase.

A witty and enjoyable read, Mount skilfully covers a lot of ground, although I don't think the book is quite as dip-in and dip-out as he suggests in the foreword, as the chapters build upon each other, particular in the technical details of the buildings, so that I'm not sure that someone who'd read the book out of order without previous knowledge of architectural terms would be able t
Jul 01, 2012 Zach rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
England is endowed with a magnificent collection of buildings, as eclectic and diverse as the country and its people. Living in Oxford I am spoiled for choice, I mean, I am writing this from Duke Humfries medieval library and looking out one window at a young Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theater and another at James Webb’s Palladian masterpiece, the Radcliffe Camera. Frequently, though, I found myself wishing I knew a bit more about the buildings I encounter, and not just the significant ones, ...more
As a non-UKer, I would have appreciated more images and maps to help illustrate his points, but overall, it was an enjoyable overview.
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Jun 08, 2014 Mike Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blogged
Very readable but also comprehensive
Simon Wardell
Jul 27, 2011 Simon Wardell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and amusing guide to architectural hisory.
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Great fun.
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