A Country Life

At Home in the English Countryside

Roy Strong

St. Martin's Press

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Sir Roy Strong and his wife, the designer Julia Trevelyan Oman, have lived in the country for nearly thirty years. In 1987 he was asked to write an occasional column reflecting this quintessentially English way of life for the prestigious magazine A Country Life. This charming book brings these popular pieces together, portraying the passing of the seasons in what the author describes as his ‘beloved adopted county’ of Herefordshire.

A Country Life is a wide-ranging kaleidoscope of memories and observations, embracing the countryside, gardens, cooking, and remembrances of things both long gone and only yesterday. The author writes lyrically of the arrival of the bright green tarragon shoots in spring; of the delights of eating al fresco; of making sorbets from blackberry and quince; of the russet beech hedges in winter and the sweet nostalgia that comes from unpacking Christmas decorations.

The keynote of A Country Life is delight – a portrait of life in the English countryside, which seems as old as time itself.

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Praise for A Country Life

“Splendid baroque prose.”
---The Independent [U.K.]

“Sir Roy was blessed at birth, or at the font, with the tongue of a ready writer. His prose is compulsive...like a glittering conversation with the best-informed and most charming of companions.”
---A. N. Wilson, author of The Victorians

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About the Author

Roy Strong

Sir Roy Strong is well known as a historian and garden writer, lecturer, critic, columnist and regular contributor to both radio and television. He was Director of the National Portrait Gallery in London from 1967--1973 and of the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1974--1987. He has published a number of highly acclaimed books about gardening and history including The Story of Britain and The Spirit of Britain. He lives with his wife, designer Julia Trevelyan Oman, in Hereford.

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A Country Life
At Home in the English Countryside
Roy Strong

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
March 2003
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312307097
ISBN10: 0312307098
5 x 7 3/4 inches, 192 pages, Includes 26 b&w illustrations
$19.95

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429981309
ISBN10: 142998130X
192 pages
$7.99
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