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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (23 Aug. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198707207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198707202
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...evocative book. (The Telegraph)

An authoritative and lively account of the political and artistic machinations involved in the creation of one of the capital's most familiar landmarks. (Ian Critchley, The Sunday Times)

A very worthwhile addition to the bookshelves of aficionados of Victorian design and architecture. (Chris Pond, Context)

a real jewel, finely wrought and beautiful, just like the Palace of Westminster it describes. (Lucy Worsley, Books of the Year 2016, BBC History Magazine)

vividly written ... an authoritative and lively account of the political and artistic machinations involved in the creation of one of the capital's most familiar landmarks. (Ian Critchley, Sunday Times)

not only a fascinating read but a timely one, too (Tony Rennell, Daily Mail)

If Shenton's first book was like a grotesque Gothic novel, this is an epic, with a hero at its heart. (William Whyte, Literary Review)

Shenton seeks [...] to correct the historical record and succeeds definitively (Rosemary Hill, Times Literary Supplement)

This is a wonderful tale, brilliantly told. I shan't ever look at the Houses of Parliament quite the same again and can't wait to visit soon with new knowledge from this exceptional book. (Mike Paterson, London Historians)

Shenton brilliantly outlines how from conception to completion, the design and construction of the new Palace of Westminster were a fearsome battleground ... [Parliamentary] colleagues who want to consider the current options and challenges should read Caroline Shenton's Mr Barry's War. (Keith Simpson, Total Politics)

About the Author

Caroline Shenton was Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster from 2008 to 2014, and prior to that was senior archivist at Parliament and The National Archives at Kew. Her first book, The Day Parliament Burned Down, won the inaugural Political Book of the Year Award in 2013. It was also shortlisted for a number of other prizes, including the Longman-History Today Prize, and was a Book of the Year for the Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Daily Mail, and Herald Scotland. This is its sequel.


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