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The Building of England: How the History of England Has Shaped Our Buildings Hardcover – 6 Dec 2013

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (6 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007301405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007301409
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 19.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This is a truly stupendous achievement. Thurley […] is one of the best architectural historians alive in the world – a real scholar. [The book] is an instant classic. Every household should have one […] This is a beautiful object, crammed with superb colour photographs and ground plans and elevations.’ A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard

‘This is an impressive book – for its scholarship, for its easy didacticism, for the care with which Thurley has thought things through, and for its inclusiveness. “A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture,” said the great architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner: Thurley shows that both have a story to tell.’ The Sunday Times

Praise for Simon Thurley’s previous books:

‘The rarest of things – a coffee table book that is also supremely engaging to read.’ Bill Bryson, The Times

'[A] stupendous new work of scholarship … it makes the history complete’ Clive Aslet, Country Life

‘The text is engagingly written, authoritative and lavishly produced – a revelation and a delight.’ Country Life

‘A rich evocation’ History Today

About the Author

Dr Simon Thurley is one of the UK’s leading architectural historians. He is Chief Executive of English Heritage – the government’s principal advisor on the historic environment.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rochelle gregory on 18 Jan. 2014
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Beautiful book and a great price! More illustrations than you get in most books like this these days which is great to see. An easy to use book that you can look at in chronological order or by place name if you're visiting somewhere specific and want to know more. I bought this as a gift for my parents who love it as they love visiting places of interest in England. A fab price too as it was half the price of high street retailers!
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By P A WENHAM on 6 July 2015
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Thurley has produced a well researched & elegant primer on the building of England - not Britain - & demonstrates that he is correct in his decision to limit his choice. The Kindle edition is great value.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 9 Feb. 2014
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This is an ambitious book but I'm afraid that for me it does not quite live up to its ambition. The range of scholarship is wide, but inevitably there are big gaps and too many examples that are not necessarily helpful. For example, he talks about the Brighton Pavilion without mentioning Sezincote - indeed he says that hardly any country houses were built around 1800. A lot of the illustrations are too small to be much use, and there are quite a few typos.

The book is worthy enough, but it falls between being scholarly and being a good introduction for the general reader.
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Extremely interesting.Intriguing facts about many buildings which are not at all obvious when simply looking at buildings. Clearly written and extremely well illustrated.
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An excellent detailed and beautifully illustrated book written by the expert Simon Thurley. Not a quick or lightweight novel this is a book to dip into with relish.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRS H A GARDYNE on 14 Aug. 2014
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Beautiful book which will take years to fully appreciate.
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