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An English Room Hardcover – 27 Sep 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel; 01 edition (27 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791347292
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791347295
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 24.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...the magnificent book An English Room. 'a handsome publication' --Colin Thubron

What a delight it is to turn the pages of such an elegant project. Each photograph is a work of art in itself.' --Desmond Morris, November 2013

..a stunning new book of portraits behind closed doors. --Mail on Sunday, 1st September 2013

About the Author

DERRY MOORE is an acclaimed photographer whose work has appeared in Town & Country, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Men's Vogue, Nest, and Country Life, and is part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Portrait Gallery in London. He has published numerous books of photography.


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It's a pleasant book to flip through, and possibly works best as a coffee table book. It could do with a bit more content, but it does have pictures and a good couple pages about what makes each person's place of choice special to them. The title may be a tad misleading, as it in fact depicts offices and living rooms as well, but overall, I'm happy with this buy.
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I always find it off putting when a celebrity.....even a nice.....is put on a front cover to sell a book and normally won't buy it, but as I love interiors I bought it, it's ok but not what I had hoped for. Very few actual rooms but still reasonably interesting.
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A book of book lovers talking about the perfect places to read a book and giving you the will to read books at the place you saw in this book about books.
if you don't like books, this book is not for you, if you're a book lover, book tickets for those incredible places and don't forget a good book or bring this book with you.
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Bought as a present for my mum who absolutely loved it. If you're the kind of person who likes those glossy magazines about British Country Houses, then you'll love this book. Beautiful photography and Benedict is on the cover and that's always a plus
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The title of this book is "The English Room"; not 'English Rooms', let alone 'English Interiors'. With text by Michael Pick and photographs by Derry Moore, the aim is to somehow define English taste by presenting what the authors clearly feel is a cross-section of characteristic interiors.

The relatively brief introduction attempts, through anecdote, quotation, description and abstract theorising, to define what is "English" about the English room, referring in passing to the popularity of the English look in the States (a phenomenom which has spawned a strange Frankenstein version of the English look called Shabby Chic), and in the way the baton of fashion has passed this century from France to the UK. But it is the accumulated weight of all the rooms chosen for inclusion which gives us the best insight into what the authors consider typical.

The book has, necessarily, dated, and I doubt any writer would today choose the same collection of interiors, though no doubt some classics would still feature. Overwhelmingly, we are given the classically grand and, for contrast, the Colefax and Fowler-style country house. Here are marble halls in plenty, many well-known and impossible for anyone but a Russian oligarch to imitate today. But the most common "look" is the cluttered, chintzy one - whether in a large stately home or a modest flat. Of course, at the time the book was published this was the height of chic, but I suspect most of these rooms look the same today. I have no doubt that, in the flesh, they have considerable charm; but photographed here the effect is indigestible, even overwhelming.

For proportion, there are a small - a very small - number of rooms which don't fit this pattern. A pair of cottage fireplaces.
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This books is very beautifully done and all the illustrations have perfect quality. I didn't expect it to be so big, but it is a very beautiful edition especially for those interested in English architecture and design. Unfortunately, there is lee information than I expected but it doesn't spoil the general impression.
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Everyone has a sacred place. This book is about theses places. A group of known people writes about their favourite places and a pictures shows the place. Very nice.
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Excellent table top book to browse. Great range of styles you would be sure to find something to interest you.
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