Adrian Tinniswood: The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend isn t eally about life in the English Country House Between the Wars though the opening chapter gives a sense of how weekend parties were conducted and there are later chapters about country sports and servants lives Instead the author focuses on the changing architecture of Country Houses during the eign of George V including einterpretations of medieval castles modernism and a Omnibus Films revived interest in Georgian architecture There are also fascinating chapters about theole of the Graeco-Egyptian Magick royal family in country house culture of the time For example the future Edward VIII s enthusiasm for golf made golf courses a prominent new innovation for country house gardens of the time period A enjoyableead This didn t uite live up to expectations most of the time it felt like a catalog of who owned which country houses than an actual explanation of what life was like in them though the last few chapters did give a better sense of that And given all the descriptions of the houses many with effusive adjectives it would have been. There is nothing uite as beautiful as an English country house in summer And there has never been a summer uite like that Indian summer between the two world wars a period of gentle decline in which the sun set slowly on the British Empire and the shadows lengthened on the lawns of a thousand stately homesReal life in the country house during the 1920s and 1930s was not always so sunny By turns opul.

Nice to have pictures of the houses themselves but perhaps they were not available All in all it did capture the transition of the country house from the sole provenance of the titled few to the egalitarian privilege of the ising middle classes and the effort involved in updating and maintaining them But I don t feel like it did as well in capturing the sensation of what it was like to live in them it was factual but not evocative I liked this a lot However it isn t at all what is promised This is not eally about the houses or the customs during these Saturday to Monday House Party Weekends weren t a thing in the upper classes during this period Weekends imply that one works and to be upper class is to unemployed in this period This is mostly gossip primarily about oyalty and the houses castles estates etc they own It covers primarily the Edwardian Age with a bit of Victorian and Windor Era thrown in for good measure Interesting and fun Extremely well esearched and fascinating look at the history of the English Country hous. Ent and ordinary noble and vicious its shadows were darker In The Long Weekend Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the truth about a world half forgotten draped in myth and hidden behind stiff upper lips and film star smiles Drawing on hundreds of memoirs on unpublished letters and diaries on the eye witness testimonies of belted earls and unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers The Long Weekend gives a voice.

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E I would have loved photography as I kept stopping to look up the estates being discussed in order to get a visual Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest Autumn Days with the Moodys (Moody Family review The Long Weekend is an insider look at English country houses during the time period of 1918 1939 A lot of this is a Who s Who of houses pretty much anything you would want to know about who purchased certain houses when and how they changed them It focused a good bit as well on what a typical long weekend involved I would ve loved even of this kind of info and pics When I visited England 4 years ago and had a chance to go through Warwick Castle my curiosity was first piued about these long weekends especially after hearing about Daisy s escapades Ieally enjoyed this one though and will probably Reindeer and Caribou: Health and Disease refer back to it often with uestions about specifics I would definitelyead works by the author It was obvious a lot of esearch and time went into writing compiling this book Many thanks to NetGalley and Basic Books for an advance eaders copy. To the people who inhabited this world In a definitive social history which combines anecdote and narrative with scholarship it brings the stately homes of England to life giving eaders an insight into the guilt and the gingerbread and showing how the image of the country house was carefully protected by its occupants above and below stairs and how the eality was so much interesting than the drea.

Adrian Tinniswood has worked as an author broadcaster lecturer and educational consultant for nearly 30 years in both Britain and the United States Tinniswood studied English and Philosophy at Southampton University and was awarded an MPhil at Leicester University