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By Adrian Tinniswood

‘[A] superbly readable and ceaselessly attention-grabbing bookDelicious, sometimes fantastical, revealing in ways in which Downtown Abbey by no means was.’ Rachel Cooke, Observer

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There is not anything really as appealing as an English state condo in summer season. And there hasn't ever been a summer time rather like that Indian summer time among the 2 international wars, a interval of mild decline during which the sunlight set slowly at the British Empire and the shadows lengthened at the lawns of one thousand stately houses.

Real lifestyles within the kingdom condo in the course of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties was once now not continuously so sunny. through turns opulent and usual, noble and harsh, its shadows have been darker. In The lengthy Weekend, Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the reality a couple of international half-forgotten, draped in fable and hidden in the back of stiff top lips and film-star smiles. Drawing on 1000s of memoirs, on unpublished letters and diaries, at the eye-witness tales of belted earls and unsatisfied heiresses and bullying butlers, The lengthy Weekend provides a voice to the folks who inhabited this global. In a definitive social heritage which mixes anecdote and narrative with scholarship, it brings the stately houses of britain to lifestyles, giving readers an perception into the guilt and the gingerbread, and displaying how a twin of the rustic condominium used to be conscientiously safe by means of its occupants above and less than stairs, and the way the truth was once a lot more attention-grabbing than the dream.

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