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Soaring splendour

17 December 2011
Mughal Architecture and Gardens George Michell and Amit Pasricha

Antique Collectors Club, pp.402, 45

The glorious monuments built in India by the Mughal emperors, from Babur in the early 16th century to Bahadur Shah Zafar II in the mid-19th century, have long deserved a… Read more

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Amazing grace

3 December 2011
Downside Abbey: An Architectural History edited by Dom Aidan Bellenger

Merrell, pp.224, 45

It was in 1814 that the Benedictine monks arrived in Stratton-on-the-Fosse in Somerset from Douai in Flanders where, in 1606, they had established an exiled, but English, monastic house. They… Read more

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Bookends: Bloodbath

4 June 2011

It may have been first published in 1973, but reading it again in Persephone Books’ elegant re-print, Adam Fergusson’s The Sack of Bath (£12) remains a real shocker. The fury… Read more

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Rather in the lurch

9 April 2011
The Irish Country House the Knight of Glin and James Peill, with photographs by James Fennell

Thames & Hudson, pp.192, 24.95

The Country House Revealed: A Secret History of the British Ancestral Home Dan Cruickshank

BBC Books, pp.288, 25

Will it ever end? The romantic interest in the architecture, history and life lived in the country house is as alive today as it was in 1978, when Mark Girouard… Read more

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Flights of futuristic fantasy

16 June 2010
Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture Deyan Sudjic

Weidenfeld, pp.308, 20

The Great Court of the British Museum is a good place to start. Norman Foster brought light into the wonderfully elegant and inspiring glazed space at the heart of the… Read more

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How long have I got?

5 May 2010
The Architecture of Hope: Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres Charles Jencks and Edwin Heathcote

Frances Lincoln, pp.224, 35

It was the neon lit windowless corridor in the surgery in Dumfries that did it. It was June 1993 when Maggie Keswick and her husband Charles Jencks heard the prognosis… Read more

With a view to impress

18 November 2009
Elizabethan Architecture: Its Rise and Fall, 1540-1640 Mark Girouard

Yale, pp.516, 45

It all began at Hardwick Hall. Imagine an impressionable and imaginative young boy staying with his relations, wandering about absorbing the atmosphere of that miraculous survivor of an Elizabethan house.… Read more

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Architect of his own misfortune

4 March 2009
The Women T. C. Boyle

Bloomsbury, pp.451, 12.99

Tom Coraghessan Boyle, in some 20 books, has energetically demon- strated his enthusiasm for turning the bio- graphies of figures from early 20th-century American life into quasi-historical fiction. After writing… Read more

Differences and similarities

3 December 2008
West Workroom towards a new sobriety in architecture theory + practice Paolo Conrad-Bercah+w office (including contributions from Daniel Sherer, Pierluigi Panza and George Baird)

Charta Books Ltd, New York Edizioni, Charta, Milan, US$ 45/ 36 Euros

West Workroom towards a new sobriety in architecture theory + practice, by Paolo Conrad-Bercah+w office (including contributions from Daniel Sherer, Pierluigi Panza and George Baird) ‘This is not a book….’… Read more

From pillar to post

5 November 2008
The English House: The Story of a Nation at Home Clive Aslet

Bloomsbury, pp.308, 20

The English House: The Story of a Nation at Home, by Clive Aslet Earlier this year a brave publisher republished in two volumes and nearly 800 pages the classic book… Read more

Back to simplicity

1 October 2008
Mlinaric on Decorating Mirabel Cecil and David Mlinaric

Frances Lincoln, pp.320, 35

Mlinaric on Decorating, by Mirabel Cecil and David Mlinaric I wish this book weren’t so heavy. It is full of such good things that I wanted to carry it around… Read more