Country Life Magazine majorly contributed to the craze for the super duper pish-posh welly-wally style of countrified living in Edwardian England think The Great Gatsby or Brideshead Revisited. This book presents a selection of articles from the Country Life archives, sharing all the essential tips on pipe-smoking, ferreting and how to have the best shooting lunches. There are also in-depth musings on top hats and which ammo you need to take on an elephant. Like we said, all the essentials. Being a gentleman takes much more than merely dressing the part, apparently, as the detailed chapters on subjects like idleness backs up. And that s the best thing about this book it doesn t even know it s funny. For the upper classes, this was the norm. We suggest you read this with your tongue firmly lodged in your cheek don t take it seriously or you ll fall into a relentless bitter rage, realising you can t buy a tweed coat on low-risk betting wins alone. This is a look inside the lifestyle of the original rah. --Loaded magazine
About the Author
Country Life magazine has set the standard for the illustrated periodical since its birth in 1897. World-renowned for the quality of its writing and the comprehensiveness of its archive, it has charted, with charm and humour, all aspects of rural life in Britain. For the first time, its entire archive has been made available, and the selections in this series provide an enticing snapshot of the riches within.