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Philippa Stockley is an award-winning journalist renowned for her writing on London architecture and interiors, and a critically acclaimed novelist whose latest novel, Black Lily (Pimpernel Fiction) is set in seventeenth-century London. Stockley holds MAs in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art and in English from Oxford University.

Charlie Hopkinson is an award-winning photographer of interiors, gardens and portraits, whose latest book, Head Gardeners, also for Pimpernel, won the Garden Media Guild's Inspirational Book of the Year award (2017).


"A celebration of the poetry of decay and the practical responsibilities of looking after period buildings. Charlie Hopkinson's pictures are a joy; the writing is equally captivating."

* Sunday Times Best Design Books of 2019 *

"A romp through 16 of London's loveliest Georgian dwellings. It reminds us of our duty to protect historic interiors and may leave you craving a renovation project."

* House & Garden *

"Will be on all the smart coffee tables this Christmas."

* The Times *

"Seduces on so many levels, most immediately through its photography page after page of serene interiors interspersed with close-ups....Yet this is not solely a picture book. [Stockley's] relaxed text combines a portrait of each house and its owners with local history, practical information and decorative tips...and she's a fount of knowledge on the quirks and tricks, as well as the economic and health-giving benefits of inhabiting a little-altered Regency dwelling that was once a wreck."

-- Mary Miers * Country Life *

"The Georgian period has many admirers for whom it represents the acme of taste and this beautifully produced book, lavishly illustrated with first-class photographs, will provide them with a rich voyeuristic treat."

* The Cultural Voyager *

"An exquisite celebration of period patina."

* Sunday Times *

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