Spanning the architectural history of the country house from the disarming Elizabethan charm of South Wraxall, the classical rigour of Kinross in Scotland, the majesty and ingenuity of Hawksmoor's Easton Neston. This title teases out the story of each house - who built them, the generations who lived in them, and the families who lost them.
Dan Cruickshank is an architectural historian and television presenter. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, has served on the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust. He has also been a visiting professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Sheffield and was editor for the RIBA and the University of London of the 20th edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. His recent work includes The Secret History of Georgian London and for BBC television the series and accompanying books Around the World in 80 Treasures and Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture.
"Cruickshank's fascinating book is an eloquent advocate for history as encapsulated in these houses. It is refreshing in its enthusiasm, and makes a fervent plea for families, wherever possible, to remain the true, continuing and discriminating protectors of our national inheritance." Spectator 20110409