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No Voice from the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper

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This volume recounts an odyssey through country houses in the years following World War II. Most had been requisitioned by the armed forces and, when de-requisitioned, were left to stand empty awaiting their owners' return. It was then that John Harris first discovered country houses.
Paperback, 253 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by John Murray Publishers (first published April 1st 1998)
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Claire Fuller
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such a wonderful book. A memoir of snooping around English country houses before most of them were tragically demolished. Such a terrible architectural waste. Sometimes Harris is a bit too flowery for my taste, but the stories he had to tell (the desiccated Alsatian in a bath, the 'Museum' full of stuffed animal heads, the wallpaper with all the peacock's eyes cut out) made me forgive Harris his purple prose.
Rebecca
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous book for anyone interested in the old houses and estates in Great Britain and what happened to them as the economic times and tax structures changed. A good companion book is Felling the Ancient Oaks: how England lost its great country estates by John Martin Robinson
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I do like this book and over the years since it was published I have read it a good many times. It may not be for everyone, but it has always had a place on my book shelves.

I am privileged to work in a country house that was lucky enough not to end up as a casualty of destruction, but saying that I can understand why so many were lost. The sheer enormity of keeping a house going, staff, repairs, taxes, etc. is shocking and not for the feint hearted.

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