Visions of England by Roy Strong

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Why do we still get misty-eyed about England's green and pleasant land?

What explains our obsession with country houses - from the National Trust to Downton Abbey?

Why do we still dream of a place in the country?

In this delightul book Roy Strong explores the definition of Englishness. Celebrating our literature, music, art, gardening and drama, Strong identifies those icons and traditions that still speak to us - it is a vision of England that is inclusive and relevant for everybody living in the country today.


About Roy Strong

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Roy Strong is a writer, broadcaster, art historian, and curator who has served as director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, both in London.
Published September 6, 2012 by Vintage Digital. 240 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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When Strong writes of the English love of gardens in this book, he sees that there may be some race memory at work here, by which the citizens of post-rural England may find a fragile link back to the agricultural past of their ancestors.

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