In the same mould as the bestselling ARISTOCRATS, GEORGIANA and DAUGHTERS OF BRITANNIA An entirely fresh approach to a very popular subject CHANGING ROOMS meets the ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE
Rosemary Baird was educated at Cambridge, Oxford and Paris and was a research consultant at Sotheby's and an Assistant Keeper at the Ashmolean before being appointed Curator of the Goodwood Collection.
Due to the authors commitments we are setting a 24 July Press date. Featuresby the author have already run in APOLLO (August Edition) and COUNTRY LIFE (3 pages) and we are chasing a feature in the NATIONAL TRUST magazine. THE SCOTSMAN carried a feature on 29 July. We are expecting widespread reviews and our first in the Sunday Times is no disappointment: "Baird has corrected a misunderstood aspect of Britain's social history, while telling some captivatingstories." MIRANDA SEYMOUR, SUNDAY TIMES "As a catalogue of powerful eccentrics this book makes entertaining reading, but it aims higher." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY "Expertly researched, beautifully illustrated and deftly constructed. It is the work of a professional curator and art historian."SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "Her aim in this enjoyable book is to trace the contribution of women to the making of the country house, and she triumphantly succeeds in showing just how fundamental they were."DAILY TELEGRAPH "Baird has written a good, accessible history."THE GUARDIAN "Rosemary Baird has chosen a good subject and done itwell."COUNTRY LIFE "Rosemary Baird's fascinating book sets out to redress the balance."LIVING HISTORY "The chief pleasure of the book lies in the way Baird brings the personalities of the chatelaines to life.. In her subtle, understated way, Rosemary Baird deftly overturns conventional views about the slow, steady progress of freedom for women."THE SPECTATOR "In these stories we glean nuggets about the dynamics of the different marriages, about the feeling for family, about te quotidian lives inside the great houses."FINANCIAL TIMESThe author was also interviewed on WOMAN'S HOUR (BBC RADIO 4) on Friday 25 July and informally signed copies at HATCHARDS PICCADILLY and HARRODS. HOUSE AND GARDEN will feature this in their Christmas Books special, and other magazines, including ELLE are considering.