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Some Country Houses and Their Owners
Some Country Houses and Their Owners | James Lees-Milne
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The delightful, gossipy diaries of James Lees-Milne describe his encounters with the owners of country houses - from eccentric lords and oil millionaires to raffish socialists - as he travelled over England saving properties for the National Trust. Here are sharply observed accounts of dinner with Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst; Winston Churchill's bedroom at Chartwell; T. E. Lawrence's dilapidated Dorset cottage; and war damage to a great house in Derby. All are infused with his love of beauty and his sympathy for those giving up their ancestral homes forever. Generations of inhabitants have helped shape the English countryside - but it has profoundly shaped us too.It has provoked a huge variety of responses from artists, writers, musicians and people who live and work on the land - as well as those who are travelling through it.English Journeys celebrates this long tradition with a series of twenty books on all aspects of the countryside, from stargazey pie and country churches, to man's relationship with nature and songs celebrating the patterns of the countryside (as well as ghosts and love-struck soldiers).
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James Lees-Milne worked for The National Trust in its early days and travelled around, staying with aristos and trying to get them to sign over their properties.

This small book is excerpts from his super catty and gossipy diary of that period and it‘s a riot. He definitely gets bonus points from me for being great friends with the Mitford Girls (he was in love with their brother).

#GimmeShelter (in a country house, please).


gossamerchild That sounds like a fun read! 2w
HardcoverHearts MUST READ!!! Thank you for posting! 2w
Cinfhen Where is @rubyslippersreads and the Dargusch gang??? I feel like this book is calling them @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola 2w
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rohit-sawant Such a fascinating book! Stacking! 2w
CarolynM 👏👏👏 Great choice! 2w
LauraJ Historical cattiness is so fun! 2w
Susannah Oh, this sounds awesome! 2w
batsy This sounds great! I'd love to take shelter in a country house myself 😆 2w
saresmoore I don‘t think you could have possibly blurbed this in a way that would make me want to read it more! 2w
Moray_Reads I love these editions, they're gorgeous! 2w
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen Here I am! This sounds right up my alley. 😊 2w
LeahBergen @gossamerchild @HardcoverHearts @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant @CarolynM @LauraJ @Susannah @batsy @saresmoore @rubyslippersreads I‘ve been meaning to hunt down his full published diaries ever since reading this slim volume. He‘s quite the character. 2w
LeahBergen @Moray_Reads Aren‘t they? I only have this one from the series. 2w
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen I only have one too, but I love the covers 2w
Mdargusch You‘re right @Cinfhen Stacking! 2w
Melissa_J I love the cover! 2w
Reviewsbylola Hahaha it‘s been a wild week!! @Cinfhen 2w
emilyhaldi Well that was an easy stack 2w
Aimeesue Slightly Foxed had a piece on him if I remember correctly. 2w
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