Tinniswood and his publishers should be congratulated for issuing this elegant, encyclopedic and entertaining history… We are in the company of a confident and skilled historian who understands the mores of his era and wears his learning lightly… This is a handsomely illustrated pick’n’mix of mansions, manors, castles and palaces…. Tinniswood expands our Sunday evening viewing with the kind of detail you can’t invent… Deserves to be on every costume drama producer’s bookshelf.
Virginia Nicholson, The Times
He has produced a luscious, summery book, full of amiable anecdotes and photographs of striking interiors, celebrating headstrong optimists who defied the defeatism of the times. The Long Weekend resembles a well-kept hothouse festooned with fruit ripe for the plucking.
Richard Davenport-Hines, Sunday Times
Wonderfully opulent, richly textured… The opening chapters of The Long Weekend paint an evocative picture… In telling us how the English country house changed, he is, of course, telling us how England changed too.
Xan Brooks, Sunday Telegraph
[A] masterpiece of social history.
Roger Lewis, Daily Mail
Many of Tinniswood’s anecdotes are extraordinary… Painstakingly researched detail that makes The Long Weekend so entertaining… A rich, multilayered and well-illustrated account of a style of live that disappeared with the Second World War. Lovers of…Brideshead Revisited will relish it.
Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express
[A] deliciously jaunty and wonderfully knowledgeable book… Tinniswood displays a terrific insider’s grasp of gossip, while cramming his text with the stories of sport, sex, food, royalty, design, ruination and joy that defined these mansions… Meticulous, irresistible story.
Juliet Nicolson, Spectator
This delicious book achieves completely what it sets out to do.
Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail
Tinniswood gives us many entertaining stories about the whimsical extravagances of the new country-housers… The Long Weekend is a celebration of fantasy and yearning cunningly wrapped up in pragmatism and practicality: about ancient castles with top-notch plumbing.
Lucy Lethbridge, Financial Times
Almost indecently enjoyable… Splendidly contrary book… [Tinniswood has a] sharp pen and a squirrel’s eye for detail… Erudite, funny and oddly poignant.
Miranda Seymour, Literary Review
A perfect piece of escapism…but also intelligent and scholarly social history.
Immaculately produced… Tinniswood is a wonderfully clear writer, lively and curious, and with a jaunty point of view.
Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
A definitive social history that combines anecdote and narrative with scholarship.
A splendidly enjoyable summer-weekend read.
Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Tablet
[It] provides rich detail from all corners, uncovering plenty of angst, but also much optimism.
A scandal-packed glimpse into the glamourous Downton Abbey-esque world of English country houses… ****
Enchanting. However, while poignant, it’s also not without its robust historical points… Beautifully written book.
Hallie Rubenhold, BBC History Magazine
[A] Detailed and fascinating study.
Western Morning News
[It] promises rich tales of decadence, scandal and extravagant water features.
Francesca Wade, Times Literary Supplement
The rise, fall and transformation of English country houses between the two world wars…has seldom sounded so interesting. Meticulously researched.
[A} fascinating text… The book is a great read and a window on a lost world.
Alan Titchmarsh, Sunday Telegraph
Beautifully illustrated… [It] overflows with entertaining detail.
Robbie Millen, The Times
Tinniswood uses lively local detail.
Lindsay Duguid, Times Literary Supplement
[It] combines a panoramic view of life and architecture in the interwar years with pin-sharp detail and the sort of springy prose that comes with complete command of the material.
London Review of Books
This is a lively and hugely entertaining history… It’s packed with very funny anecdotes… A delight.
Mail on Sunday
Tinniswood paints a vivid portrait of the period
Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald
A detailed and appreciated look at the phenomenon [of country houses]… Tinniswood writes elegantly, in complete charge of his material. The book is a joy to hold in your hand.
Spears Wealth Management Survey
Wittily written and beautifully illustrated, Tinniswood’s book recreates a world far more peculiar, but at times rather more enviable, than any fictional version.
David Horspool, Guardian, Book of the Year
[A] compelling volume of social history.
Daily Mail, Book of the Year
[A] brilliant book about life in the English country house.
Rachel Cooke, Guardian, Book of the Year
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