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Manor House: Life in an Edwardian Country House Hardcover – April 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bay Books (CA) (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579590829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579590826
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Edwardian Country House is another living experiment from the makers of the 1900 House and The 1940s House. The Edwardian Country House follows a team of volunteers and a modern family who turn back the clock to recreate life as it was for the upper classes and their servants in a country house in 1910. It will tell the story, over three summer months, of an old-fashioned way of life that is quintessentially English: a glorious country manor, tea and croquet on the lawn, a patrician butler and a stable full of horses. But this picturesque historical tableau is of a group of people utterly divided and ruled by class. Do their ostensibly old-fashioned issues of money, power, and above all, class, still plague Britain today? This will be a major series and a high-profile book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Juliet Gardiner was editor of History Today, and has worked as an academic and trade publisher. In 1992 she returned to academic life and now heads the Publishing Studies programme at Oxford Brookes University. She has written eight books, including The 1940s House, and has edited The Penguin Dictionary of British History and Who's Who in 2,000 Years of British History. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very informative and entertaining.
Brian
I loved the series and could have watched ten times what they showed on TV and therefore really appreciate this book.
yarnz
It's beautifully done, as well, with gorgeous illustrations throughout.
Elizabeth Grainger

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Smith on July 14, 2003
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This is an excellent companion to the Manor House series on PBS. It combines the historical background of the Edwardian period, information about each of the participants in the project, recipes and instructions for making items seen in the series, and information that was not shown during the series, such as the story behind the pig's head (and whether Monsieur Dubiard was trying to gross out the Oliff-Coopers) and more about Guy's education (a surprise there!). I only wished it had information on the selection process and what happened after the series ended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By yarnz on August 20, 2004
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If you share my opinion that Manor House is one of the best reality series, you'll enjoy this book. As thorough as the series was, there are reams or reels or whatever of footage that never made it onto TV, so this book provides more information about Edwardian life, the participants and events of the series. It's an oversize book which unfortunately makes for awkward reading -- and it does have a lot of text that you'll want to read. However, the size makes for good display of photos, including many taken in Edwardian times and even at Manderstone, the house where the series was shot. So you see that they really did dress up in a thousand items of clothing just to watch cricket on the lawn or stroll around the grounds. A fascinating addition to a well-made series. I loved the series and could have watched ten times what they showed on TV and therefore really appreciate this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Burchfield on November 3, 2003
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I missed most of the series on PBS, but what I saw looked very good, much better than the earlier 1900 House. This book is the companion to the TV program and is really better suited to those who have seen it as I found some parts a little confusing due to not having watched most of it.
The book gives a good background on the house itself but is skimpy on the program, reads almost like it is about a real Edwardian family, no details on family selection or what happened after their stay was over.
All of the photographs are very good, the little extra sections on the cast I found interesting (likely would've been better if I'd actually seen the show), the side bits on foods and other items were even interesting.
I did notice that, as in 1900 House, the experts setting up made a surprising blunder, here they forgot to check the possibility that a decades unused chimney might be blocked (which it was). Another thing I found little mention of was the Silver stair railing (does the show mention it?), something so unusal and only a couple of photo captions about it.
Not enough to be a time travelers textbook but a very good companion to the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill on January 31, 2011
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This is a large, coffee table-sized book, but much more than "just a coffee table book." There are gorgeous photos, but also a lot of informative text - about the participants in the series (profiles of each, plus snippets of conversation and such), history of the manor house (Manderston) and additional details about the show. If you are interested in country house servants of the Edwardian Era, this book is a surprisingly good reference work. I also enjoyed the pieces on Edwardian county life, recipes (food, such as the chef's pineapple-mint moulded jelly, and beauty creams), tips of the era such as how to wash corsets, fold those intricate dinner napkins, set a table, floral arrangements etc. The photos as noted are beautiful, in somecases showing things not gone into much in the series (such as Lady Oliff-Cooper riding sidesaddle in full Edwardian dress - she an Miss Anston supposedly rode together regularly - I didn't know before, as no scenes of this were shown in the series that I recall (though they do show the older son riding and mention that Miss Anston had become very fond of the horses). There are also a number of period photos, including some of Manderston - a shot of the Manderston kitchen maid from Edwardian times is facinating, for example. I am really happy with the book and only wish I'd purchased it years ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2009
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This is a facinating, page turning book! well written, great photos and interesting information that wasn't in the DVD. Excellent book and makes me want to watch the DVD again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Grainger on October 17, 2011
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I am thoroughly delighted with this book, having never seen "The Edwardian Country House" series. Anyone interested in the Edwardian era, British society at the turn of the 20th century, and cultural histories will enjoy the book. It's beautifully done, as well, with gorgeous illustrations throughout.
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