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A history that brings to life the real country house servants

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Jeremy Musson is an architectural historian and has been Architectural Editor of Country Life for the past 10 years. In his work, Jeremy has always been committed to engaging a wider public to the glories of historic buildings, and to exploring the influence of ideas about the past and preservation. He has written and edited hundreds of articles on historic country houses, from Garsington Manor to Knebworth House. He also presented Curious House Guest on BBC2 and is the author of two books, including How to Read a Country House. Jeremy is married with two children.


This is Gosford Park as non-fiction, and utterly fascinating - Times Literary SupplementEntertaining saga of the class divide - The Daily ExpressIntimate and absorbing study - The Sunday TimesArchitectural historian Masson brings alive the symbiotic relationship between the houses, their owners, and the workers. - Financial TimesMusson is excellent on the changing face of service in the twentieth century - SpectatorPersonal anecdotes bring this well-researched book to life - Mail on SundayA brilliantly readable book full of human history and entertaining anecdotes - Lancashire Evening PostHe retells the story at a cracking pace... we are reminded that all kinds of likely lads, including Chaucer, started out as paper pushers and cup bearers - Guardian

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