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Elegant, but weighty tome
on 15 May 2010
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.