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Spring 2010, and when Charlie and Ros inherit Ashenden from their aunt Reggie a decision must be made. The beautiful eighteenth-century house, set in acres of English countryside, is in need of serious repair. Do they try to keep it in the family, or will they have to sell?

Moving back in time, in an interwoven narrative spanning two and a half centuries, we witness the house from its beginnings through to the present day. Along the way we meet those who have built the house, lived in it and loved it; those who have worked in it, and those who would subvert it to their own ends, including Mrs Trimble, housekeeper to the rackety, spendthrift Mores; the wealthy Henderson family, in their Victorian heyday; six-year-old Pudge; Walter Beckmann, prisoner in its grounds; and Reggie and Hugo, agents of its postwar revival.

Through good times and bad, the better we get to know the house, the more we care about its survival. A novel about people, architecture and living history, Ashenden is an evocative and allusive reflection on England and its past.

Publisher: London : Fig Tree, 2012.
ISBN: 9781905490950
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 23 cm.


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Feb 08, 2016

Ashenden is a stately English country home built in 1775. This novel runs from 1775 through 2010 and tells the stories of the various families who owned the house. The house itself is also a character as it fluctuates from use as a single-family home to a World War I hospital to a pop star's private retreat. Since the people range from Lords and Ladies to servants, the reader gets a strong sense of English country life through two centuries. This book is the Willa Cather Book Club selection for February 2016.

May 28, 2014

A story of a manor house from the point of view of each of the owners and saviors. As each section moves forward you find out more of how the house has survived and sometimes thrived as well as some of the stories of the owners. People come and go, bu places go on. A lovely sweeping epic. This novel reminds of some of my favorite books by Norah Lofts like A Wayside Tavern and Pargeters.

Aug 19, 2013

I really wanted to like this, but it was so slow I didn't finish it!

mrsgail5756 Jul 13, 2013

If you are a Downy Abbey fan,you will enjoy this book.

Mar 26, 2013

really this sounds just like Downton Abbey, I know i will be disappointed because I'll compare this book to that series. She needs to come up with something more original.

hgeng63 Feb 07, 2013

Disappointing, though an okay time-killer. Some of these characters are really annoying. Why should we care for some of these characters? Also, there should have been endpaper drawings of Ashenden.

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