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GREAT HOUSES MODERN ARISTOCRATS

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Rizzoli has a whole treasure trove of ravishing new tomes out, and among them is James Reginato’s gem: Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats.

Many of us were mesmerized by PBS’s Downton Abbey series with the portrayal of a glorious country house and its occupants amidst a changing society. The feckless behaviour of so many of the English upper class has seen the downfall of a myriad of estates. Needless to say, conditions continue to challenge these grand homes, but Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats captures some that have somehow survived and the resourceful aristocrats who have managed to keep them intact – often against considerable odds.

Waddesdon Manor. Buckinghamshire, England

Waddesdon Manor. Buckinghamshire, England

Waddesdon Manor. Buckinghamshire, England

Waddesdon Manor. Buckinghamshire, England

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England

Here, Reginato brings us stories of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit applied to preserving family homes for future generations – stories that are as intriguing as the houses themselves! Rich photographs combined with Reginato’s gift for story-telling make this a delicious read.

This is of course a must-have addition to your library and would make a gorgeous gift!

6 Comments

  1. This is truly a magnificent book! Mine came a few days ago…..it is all I can do not to lock myself in a closet and finish it!

    Lordy! Here is what it shows me (in my desperate state)! That we can survive…and even prevail in the worst of times……we just have to.

    We shall overcome!

    And read this book and wallow in it. It will lift our spirits!

    And then get busy!!

    I love you both madly……….we will overcome.

    Penny

  2. LA CONTESSA says:

    Every book you recommend I seem to BUY!This one looks like a WINNER!

  3. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    Beauty is the most delicious distraction and this book is just beyond!

    Gorgeous Houses which we both adore and fascinating stories!

    All Best and Much Love!

    JA

    BTW we have a California wedding in April!

  4. James Andrew says:

    My Dear La Contessa,

    What a most sublime comment!

    Thank You and I am so happy to hear- I do attempt to be rather discerning and only share the best of the best in all things!

    Much Love

    JA

  5. Leo says:

    I’m fortunate to live between both Blenheim and Waddesdon. I will be visiting both for their sensation Christmas markets this year! I can easily imagine them as perfect backdrops for WIJW.

    Merry Xmas!

  6. James Andrew says:

    Darling Leo,

    That is incredible – I have been to Blenheim but not Waddesdon. Would you like to be my private tour guide?

    Cheers

    JA

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