'Mixing social history with literary and film references, Heathcote unpeels meaning in our homes as if reading layers of wallpaper for clues.'
(Good Book Guide
'A delightfully imaginative study of the symbolic significance that people have attached to floors, ceilings, cellars, attics and everything in between'
'In warm, discursive style Edwin Heathcote leads the reader in a merry ramble through the home. Engaging, witty - it offers fascinating historical and social insight'
(House & Garden
Heathcote’s The Meaning of Home is a forensic look at the place that is most important to us, from front doors to halls, floors to ceilings, bedrooms to bathrooms. The author has an archaeological approach: he’ll sift and dig to nuggets of meaning, and then he’ll go deeper.
'Enjoyable and informative for anyone who has ever lived in a home with stairs, doors, bay windows or kitchens'
(Financial Post, Canada
“In this witty and surprising book, Heathcote reveals the ancient secrets hidden within the modern home ...The Meaning of Home teases the fantastical out of the mundane on almost every page ... [he] is deft and witty, and wields the tremendous erudition he brings to the page with an enviable lightness of touch. And the cultural spectrum is spanned: Gaston Bachelard, Slavoj Zizek and Walter Benjamin rub citations with modern films such as Home Alone and The Matrix ...a fine addition to the shelf.”
(Will Wiles Building Design
His approach give expression to a vital new turn in architectural theory
(Jonathan Rée Prospect
Heathcote blends architecture and history in an intriguing survey. The Meaning of Home will make you look at your own home in a whole new light
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About the Author
EDWIN HEATHCOTE is the architecture correspondent for the Financial Times. He is the author of Contemporary Church Architecture, London Caffs, The Architecture of Hope (with Charles Jencks) and Furniture + Architecture of which Blueprint wrote 'Occasionally you come across a book that does everything it claims – and then some. This is one.'