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Country [Standard Edition] [Hardcover]

Jasper Conran
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5 April 2010

This page is for the Standard Edition of Jasper Conran's Country (330 x 260 mm).

A Compact Edition of this book exists with ISBN: 9781840916089 (253 x 201 mm).

In Country, Jasper Conran uses his own experiences and the landscapes and homes that are familiar to him to portray a seductive way of life. Country life is a universal aspiration. How do we achieve this dream? It is not about spending money, or prescribing to a certain style, it is about appreciation, self-expression and getting back to the root of what makes us tick.

Moving from one season to the next, from interior to exterior, from detail to landscape, this is life as it is actually lived in the countryside today. It is one man's vision that informs by captivating the senses and the imagination.

Country is realistic, full of ideas and completely engrossing - a book to spend time with. Beautifully conceived, beautifully photographed and beautifully written, Country is a new kind of lifestyle book - it allows you to live the dream.


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Conran Octopus (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915181
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 27.4 x 34.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With Jasper Conran's Country, you are so obviously getting a very superior book for your money. It's country living, country style, nostalgia, landscape, interiors, detail, still-life, colour, texture, shape, mood and reflection; a beautiful piece of book production that only needs to be seen to be desired. The breathtaking, beautiful photographs capture our yearning for living a simple country life, revelling in stunning landscapes, timeless interiors and close details of textures and objects. Yes its a guide to country style, but its also a book of superb photography, a book to treasure and sheer balm for the soul. Sue Barker --Bookseller

"As a designer, Jasper Conran is an expert in fabric, texture and colour, so he is the perfect choice to explore the countryside with fresh eyes. Its a big subject and Country is a big book. In it, Conran goes in search of rural England with photographer Andrew Montgomery, whose images sometimes flirt with sentimentality but are more often sublime. Poppies trembling under Somerset stormclouds, a bullrush harvest in Bedfordshire and glimpses of country homes and country ways are just some of the subjects gorgeously illustrated alongside Conran's lively observations." --Mail on Sunday

"As a designer, Jasper Conran is an expert in fabric, texture and colour, so he is the perfect choice to explore the countryside with fresh eyes. Its a big subject and Country is a big book. In it, Conran goes in search of rural England with photographer Andrew Montgomery, whose images sometimes flirt with sentimentality but are more often sublime. Poppies trembling under Somerset stormclouds, a bullrush harvest in Bedfordshire and glimpses of country homes and country ways are just some of the subjects gorgeously illustrated alongside Conran's lively observations." --Mail on Sunday

"As a designer, Jasper Conran is an expert in fabric, texture and colour, so he is the perfect choice to explore the countryside with fresh eyes. Its a big subject and Country is a big book. In it, Conran goes in search of rural England with photographer Andrew Montgomery, whose images sometimes flirt with sentimentality but are more often sublime. Poppies trembling under Somerset stormclouds, a bullrush harvest in Bedfordshire and glimpses of country homes and country ways are just some of the subjects gorgeously illustrated alongside Conran's lively observations." --Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Jasper Conran is an internationally successful designer with a brand recognized all over the world. He is most recognized for his couture fashion and his diffusion line, J by Jasper Conran, for Debenhams. He also designs crystal and china for Wedgwood, glassware, homeware, fragrances, fabrics, jewellery, wallpaper and furniture. He has won numerous awards including British Fashion Designer of the Year and the Prince's Medal.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No disappointment! 23 Sep 2010
By Bibiche
Format:Hardcover
Wonderful book with beautiful pictures. Very inspiring and interesting for everyone who is charmed by the English countryside - foreigners like myself included. It does give a good insight in (old-fashioned) countrylife. Conran states that we should not forget where we come from, nor renounce our origins and this book does prevent this. Mission accomplished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Country 16 July 2010
By Juliet
Format:Hardcover
This beautifully photographed book is a celebration of English-ness, with Andrew Montgomery's images capturing the romance of age-old crafts and quintessentially English scenes with disarming directness: young lads at a hunt gazing directly into the lens, a potter at work in a studio as sculptural as pots, the chocolate-box gardens of country estates and thatched cottages, players in an old-fashioned travelling circus, the Stow-on-the wold horse fair, Morris dancers in all their finery... Perfectly gorgeous.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, but weighty tome 15 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
Filled with astonishingly beautiful images of the English countryside this is a triumph of the eye over the intellect, and perhaps no bad thing for all that. However, the sheer bulk of the book makes one hope for more. The wide margins and generous spacings inevitably make the text seem thin and almost empty, which is a shame as there can be no doubt that Jasper Conran feels strongly about his subject. There are two of his own homes illustrated here so perhaps there is also something self absorbed about the endeavour too. Nonetheless, I am glad to own it, not least for the ravishing cover image which acts as a taster for the many gorgeous photographs inside. The ponderous weight of the book is not the only thing to make ones eyes water however, the hefty 50 price tag is enough to make one faint. Five stars for the eyes, but only three overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous tome 11 Sep 2010
By Gussie
Format:Hardcover
The content of this book is beyond expectation. The fabulous photographs of landscape and people show how much care, imagination and feeling have come together in an extraordinary publication. I hope this book will encourage people to search out the hidden beauty of our country. I share a love of Somerset and Dorset with Jasper Conran, but this book illustrates so much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just sublime 3 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
i can't rate this book any higher. it has so many awe-inspiring images and each of them takes a good deal of time to mull over. i tip my hat to jasper conran, but more so to the photographer, andrew montgomery, for his pictures are faultless. i can tell he woke up before dawn on many occasion to capture that morning mist. there are more images than writing, which is fine by me as it is such a monstrous size. i will treasure this book for a long, long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 1 Oct 2013
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Just wonderful and amazing value, thank you. The book was in very good condition, it was simply beautiful. Again thanks.
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