"Alexandra Harris looks back at the early 20th century through a different lens in Romantic Moderns, a study of how English writers, painters, gardeners, architects, critics and composers imbued the artistic revolutions coming across the channel with a nostalgic sense of place."
--Longlisted for 2010 Guardian First Book Award.
`Brilliant ... it would be impossible to over-emphasise what a clever book Romantic Moderns is. ...not just an important book but a deeply pleasurable one, too' --The Guardian
`Thought-provoking, has shafts of originality, and ought to stimulate further research into a neglected period that is now on the edges of living memory' --The Spectator
`Harris's book teems with fascinating detail ... Well researched, wide-ranging and generously illustrated, the book contains many delights and surprises'
--The Daily Telegraph
'Alexandra Harris's brilliant, delightfully readable book is a revaluing and rescuing of much of the British art, writing and music of the 1930s' --The Financial Times
'The originality of Romantic Moderns is the extraordinary breadth of its focus ... it is this eclectic approach to cultural history ... that makes Romantic Moderns so convincing and a joy to read'
--The Sunday Times
'A spectacular debut by a gifted and versatile cultural historian ... A beautiful book; also, with its bucolic endpapers and its cornucopian illustrations, a beautiful piece of book' --Peter Conrad, The Observer
'Highly readable ... bears special resonance today' --Country Life
'A hugely enjoyable reassessment of a sadly neglected period' --RA Magazine
'A beautiful edition' --History Today
'Wonderfully well-written ... Alexandra Harris has caught brilliantly the legacy of the interwar years, and this glorious book marks an impressive debut which deserves all our congratulations'
Thames & Hudson is delighted to announce that Romantic Moderns by Alexandra Harris has WON the GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD 2010!
-- Winner of 2010 Guardian First Book Award
'Wonderfully eloquent and illuminating ... [written] in language often as sinuous, graceful and colourful as the work of its subjects' --The Independent
'The only disappointing thing about Romantic Moderns is that it comes to an end' --The Times Higher Education Supplement
'I hugely admired [this book] ... beautifully written' --Charles Saumarez Smith, The Daily Telegraph
'Exceptionally well-written and deeply illuminating' --Andrew Motion, The Guardian
'Elegant in style and appearance ... satisfying and thoughtful ... and inspiring book'
'I am mad for Romantic Moderns ... if, as I do, you like Eric Ravilious and Graham Sutherland, E. M. Forster and the Sitwells, this is the book for you.' --The New Statesman
'Highly eclectic and original... a book that makes you think freshly about the perennially puzzling question of what it means to be British.' --Martin Gayford, The Sunday Telegraph
'A brilliant piece of work that manages to be both comprehensive and coherent as it tells a compelling story about 20th-century English art' --Adam Foulds, The Guardian
'Alexandra Harris's groundbreaking book is a reminder of how important higher education is to literature' --Claire Armitstead, Literary Editor, The Guardian
'The joy of this book is its breadth, connecting areas as varied as the work of Beaton, Bauhaus emigres and garden design'
'Excellent ... makes one think again about what it is to be British' --The Chap
'Brilliantly researched and engrossing'