The House Party: A Short History of Leisure, Pleasure and the Country House Weekend

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A delightful journey through the glamorous story of the English country house party by the bestselling historian.

Croquet. Parlour games. Cocktails. Welcome to a glorious journey through the golden age of the country house party - and you are invited.

Our host, celebrated historian Adrian Tinniswood, traces the evolution of this quintessentially British pastime from debauched royal tours to the flamboyant excess of the Bright Young Things. With cameos by the Jazz Age industrialist, the bibulous earl and the off-duty politician - whether in moated manor houses or ornate Palladian villas - Tinniswood gives a vivid insight into weekending etiquette and reveals the hidden lives of celebrity guests, from Nancy Astor to Winston Churchill, in all their drinking, feasting, gambling and fornicating.

The result is a deliciously entertaining, star-studded, yet surprisingly moving portrait of a time when social conventions were being radically overhauled through the escapism of a generation haunted by war - and a uniquely fast-living period of English history.

Praise for The Long Weekend:

'Delicious, occasionally fantastical, revealing in ways that Downton Abbey never was. It is as if Tinniswood is at the biggest, wildest, most luxuriantly decadent party ever thrown, and he knows everyone.' Observer

'A deliciously jaunty and wonderfully knowledgeable book. Tinniswood displays a terrific insider's grasp of gossip . A meticulous, irresistible story.' Spectator

'Elegant, encyclopedic and entertaining . A confident and skilled historian who understands the mores of his era and wears his learning lightly . Deserves to be on every costume drama producer's bookshelf.' Times

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Delicious, occasionally fantastical, revealing in ways that Downton Abbey never was. It is as if Tinniswood is at the biggest, wildest, most luxuriantly decadent party ever thrown, and he knows everyone., Rachel Cooke, Observer [on The Long Weekend]

Ideally sized for a Christmas stocking and for the bedside table of a guest bedroom ... Lots of nuggets to tickle your imagination., The Times

Rife with shareable anecdotes ... A rich eulogy ... It makes a perfect host's gift., Financial Times

A highly enjoyable romp through toff etiquette and bad behaviour., Big Issue

Dainty enough to perch at the top of a Christmas stocking ... Richly anecdotal ... This is a delightful little book, narrated with Tinniswood's habitual panache., Literary Review

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