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Palace of Pugin: The Westminster Conspiracy Paperback – October 17, 2012
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Nick Corbett is from the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield in England. He is the author of several books for adults and children. As well as being an author and a city planner, Nick set up the company Transforming Cities to help protect the built and natural environment. Reviews REVIVAL IN THE SQUARE 'A thoughtful book' David Miliband, Former British Foreign Secretary 'I welcome the contribution this book makes' Lord Richard Rogers 'Vibrant and attractive' The Birmingham Post PALACE OF PUGIN 'A compelling historical novel about a remarkable man' Lady Wedgwood 'For a quick and engaging read of Pugin's life, I recommend Nick Corbett's historical novel' Gisela Stuart MP, Editor of 'The House', Parliament’s Magazine ARDEN 'The narrative flows very strongly' Birmingham Book Festival
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First, I was misled by the subtitle ("The Westminster Conspiracy") to assume that this was somehow a mystery. My mistake; it is not. It's a straightforward series of vignettes from Pugin's life to his premature death, loosely structured around the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament in London. Pugin's life had its share of drama, so there is a story to tell here, but that leads to the second issue. The author, Nick Corbett, is evidently trained in city planning, and his weakness as an author is apparent. The book really needed a good strong editorial hand (and a good copy editor).
I would enthusiastically encourage people to learn about Pugin, and even more, to savor his artistry. But find some other source than this book.