A Lust for Window Sills : A Lover's Guide to British Buildings from Portcullis to Pebble Dash, Paperback

A Lust for Window Sills : A Lover's Guide to British Buildings from Portcullis to Pebble Dash Paperback

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A brilliant, offbeat celebration of the great hodgepodge of British buildings' Thomas Marks, Sunday Telegraph From soaring Victorian railway stations to Edwardian terraces, from Perpendicular churches to Strawberry Hill, Britain has an architecture unrivalled in fertility, invention and heart-stopping beauty. And with some very strong feelings about window sills, Harry Mount could not be better qualified to survey it.

Meandering through garden suburbs and cathedral closes, discovering Moghul palaces in Gloucestershire and Egyptian sphinxes in Islington, A Lust for Window Sills is rich with anecdote, allusion and such inspired digressions as where to find the ugliest gargoyles and a liquid history of watering holes from gin palaces to the Rovers Return.




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I bought this book last Christmas because the title looked interesting. It was definitely a worthwhile purchase.A witty and enjoyable read, Mount skilfully covers a lot of ground, although I don't think the book is quite as dip-in and dip-out as he suggests in the foreword, as the chapters build upon each other, particular in the technical details of the buildings, so that I'm not sure that someone who'd read the book out of order without previous knowledge of architectural terms would be able to entirely follow. I think some of the detail could do have done with being fleshed out, because, especially in the middle section about Gothic windows, I lost the thread of historical story.There's also a few occasions where he refers to pictures on the covers, which I'm sure are there in the hardback, but they're not there in the paperback.But, those minor gripes aside, I had a lot of fun reading this, and, since reading it, using the information in the book while looking at buildings.