Author: Victoria Summerley
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Release Date: 2015-02-01
Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds is a captivating photographic portrait of the greatest British gardens and the lords, ladies and gardeners who own and manage them, with a focus on Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. It features 20 gardens designed by some of the leading contemporary garden designers from across the world. Accompanying the photographs are be essays on the design and planting that explain the designers' inspiration and passion alongside historical and factual information. This is a very personal view by photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas and journalist Victoria Summerley, both residents of a corner of England with more than its fair share of beautiful and interesting gardens. Some of the gardens are strictly private, while others are regularly open to visitors, but all can now be savored and enjoyed along with those who know them best.
Author: Jeremy Musson
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Release Date: 2018-03-01
Secret Houses of the Cotswolds is a personal tour of twenty of the UK’s most beguiling houses in this much loved area of western England, defined by its distinctive honey-coloured stone, rolling hills, picturesque villages and the most traditional English landscape. Author and architectural historian, Jeremy Musson, and Cotswolds-based photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas, offer privileged access to twenty houses, from castles and manor houses, by way of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mansions, revealing their history, architecture and interiors, in the company of their devoted owners. In the footsteps of artists and designers from Georgian designers such as William Kent to Victorian visionary, William Morris, founder of the arts and crafts movement, we find a series of fascinating country houses of different sizes and atmospheres, which have shaped the English identity, and in different ways express the ideals of English life. Most of the houses included here are privately owned and not usually open to the public, and all of these houses featured in this book can be enjoyed through the eyes of owners, as well as an experienced architectural historian, and an award-winning photographer.
Author: Matthew Teller
Publisher: Rough Guides UK
Release Date: 2013-11-07
The Rough Guide to the Cotswolds is your definitive handbook to one of the most beautiful and diverse holiday destinations in the UK. From stately homes and wildlife parks to modern art galleries, country walks and adventure sports, there is a section that introduces all of the regions' highlights. For every town and village, there are comprehensive and opinionated reviews of all the best places to eat, drink and stay to suit every budget. It brings the Cotswolds bang up-to-date; out go musty tearooms and chintzy B&Bs and in come the best of the area's new contemporary restaurants, boutique-styled hotels and top-rated country pubs. There's plenty of practical advice and a special focus on the region's gastronomy with features on specialist farmers' markets, local farm shops, gastro-pubs and country restaurants. The guide also comes complete with easy-to-use maps for every area making sure you don't miss the unmissable. Originally published in print in 2011. Make the most of your time on Earth with The Rough Guide to the Cotswolds. Now available in epub format.
Die Londoner PR-Beraterin Gina hat nach ihrer letzten gescheiterten Beziehung der Männerwelt abgeschworen und ist zu ihrer Schwester aufs Land geflohen. Dort trifft sie auf den eigenbrötlerischen Antiquitätenhändler Matthew und erfährt, dass ihre kürzlich verstorbene Großtante ein Testament der besonderen Art aufgesetzt hat: Gemeinsam mit Matthew soll Gina einem Antiquitätenladen neuen Pfiff geben ...
Author: Steve Ponty
Publisher: Steve Ponty
Release Date: 2017-09-05
Genre: Literary Criticism
Steve has spent over 10 years researching the settings Professor Tolkien turned from reality in the Cotswold shires into fantasy fiction. It is the reversal of the map from Oxfordshire through to the Severn Estuary that serves as the true inspiration for the Shire in these well known and much acclaimed works, translated into virtually every language worldwide. The Lord of the Rings is the best selling book of the 20th century. By reversing the Map of the Shire and looking at it back to front, Steve has identified the Cotswolds and many other parts of the Four Shires (Worcester-, Gloucester-, Oxford-, Warwick- shire) comprising the Shire in the legendary story. These four are marked on the stone very near to Bree (Moreton-in-Marsh), used by Professor J.R.R. Tolkien as his model for the Three Farthings Stone in The Lord of the Rings. Apart from the countless secrets of geography hidden in the epic story, there are allusions, never revealed before this brand new perspective, to personalities contemporary with Professor Tolkien’s writings: from Churchill(at The Yale and Brandy Hall, otherwise Blenheim Palace) to the notorious Mitford sisters (at Stock, otherwise Swinbrook) to Oswald Mosley(at Crickhollow, otherwise Wootton-headed) and to Vita Sackville-West (of the High Hay hedge) . . . to the Professor’s true-life role model for Aragorn, Roy Campbell, a much admired poet of the day . . . such that in many ways the Lord of the Rings may be read as a parody of England in the 1930’s and the War years . . . The backdrop to Steve’s work is the sometimes chivalric language of a number of the classic romantic poets (Tennyson, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats and Coleridge), poets local to the Shire( Houseman, Shaw, Auden) as well as favourite contemporary lyricists, which means Dylan. There is also a lively dialogue between Gollum and Smeagol, meant to lighten the load on an arduous quest. Cotswold places under review (but with many, many more) include Chipping Norton (Hobbiton), The Bywater Pool (a relic of the Seventeenth Century), The Rollright Stones (Barrow Downs), Moreton in Marsh (Bree), Meon Hill (Weathertop), Bredon Hill (The Trollshaws with Bert, Tom, and William the stone trolls), Upton on Severn (The Ford) and the Malvern Hills (The Misty Mountains), with Great Malvern very clearly mapped for Rivendell. Over the Welsh border, Steve foresees the Wye Valley about Tintern Abbey for Lothlorien and The Forest of Dean for Fangorn Forest. Steve's journey may eventually extend down into Continental Europe, through Northern France (via Cair Andros, Paris), over the Pyrenees (Ered Nimrais) and through Minas Tirith (Rome), onwards Mordor . . . where lie the shadows . . . in Germany. 'The Lord of the Rings' is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; . . . the religious element is absorbed into the story and symbolism.' (Letters, J.R.R. Tolkien) The Author makes some attempt to explain what Professor Tolkien may have meant, with special reference to Providence; but the Author also dabbles in Witchcraft. * The Author offers the assurance that, at least on Mother-earth, we may all know the way a little better following ‘The Secret Shire of Cotswold.’
Author: Ian McEwan
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
Release Date: 2015-01-28
Die gesamte Familie mittels einer Zaubercreme zum Verschwinden bringen, das wäre doch was, denkt sich Peter Glück — ein wenig aus Langeweile, ein wenig aus Trotz. Oder wie wäre es, einen Tag lang das Leben des Katers der Familie zu führen? Und was wäre erst, wenn Bewegung in die Puppen der Schwester käme und sie ihm ein Bein ausrissen?
In den englischen Cotswolds wagen Beth, Linda und Rachel einen beruflichen Neubeginn und gründen die Agentur Vintage Wedding: Mit wenigen finanziellen Mitteln, dafür aber umso mehr Fantasie und Secondhand gestalten sie den Hochzeitstag zum unvergesslichen Erlebnis. Doch während sie voller Elan den großen Tag anderer zum Leuchten bringen, wäre ihnen beinahe entgangen, dass noch drei Hochzeiten am Horizont winken: ihre eigenen!
Zoe Harper ist leidenschaftliche Köchin. Ihr Traum vom eigenen Delikatesslädchen rückt ein großes Stück näher, als sie sich für einen Fernsehkochwettbewerb qualifiziert, mit saftiger Gage bei Gewinn! Doch die Konkurrenz ist ebenfalls ehrgeizig und mit allen Töpfen gewappnet. Und dann hat Zoe sich gerade auch noch heftig in den charmanten Gideon verliebt, der sich nun als Juror entpuppt und damit als Liebhaber so gar nicht in Frage kommt. Was also tun, wenn man vom Glück im Spiel UND in der Liebe träumt?