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Echoing Voices: More Memories of a Country House Snooper

Harris, John

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ISBN 10: 0719564832 / ISBN 13: 9780719564833
Published by John Murray, 2002
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New Book. Stated First Edition, First Printing. NOT a remainder. NOT a book club edition. NOT price-clipped (£17.99 price intact). Published by John Murray, 2002. Signed by author on title page (flat signed, no inscription). Orange cloth boards with bright silver stamped spine lettering. Book is new; clean, tight, sharp corners, bright spine lettering. Dust jacket is new. No writing, highlighting, underlining, dog ears, etc. No rips or tears. Pages and boards crisp and straight. Spine un-broken with no spine lean. Book in un-read condition. 241 pages. ISBN: 0-7195-6483-2. 100% positive feedback. 30 day money back guarantee. NEXT DAY SHIPPING! Excellent customer service. Please email with any questions or if you would like a photo. All books packed carefully and ships with free delivery confirmation/tracking. All books come with free bookmarks. Ships from Sag Harbor, New York. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16586381038

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Title: Echoing Voices: More Memories of a Country ...

Publisher: John Murray

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In No Voice from the Hall, John Harris recollected his covert entry into empty and deserted country houses in the years after World War II. Here, he now broadens his sights, sometimes straying into Europe or as far off as Malaya and the USA. This memoir draws together incidents and adventures throughout John Harris' life. We hear of Ruler Matlock who set him against formal education, of his antics during his very short apprenticeship as an upholsterer at Heal's, and of his brief yet profitable curatorship of the Grotto of the Four Walls at the Battersea Pleasure Gardens. In France in 1953 he is befriended by Richard Penard, the great French collector. He trespasses into the Desert de Retz to find the faded glory of the China House and the Broken Column, and he experiences the Bohemian life of a student on the Left Bank in Paris. At Paul Mellon's Oak Spring, in Virginia, he is awakened by gangsters and we read with astonishment of MI5 bugging Anthony Blunt's rooms above the RIBA's Drawings Collection. As the tales proceed, new comrades join his snooping.With them he shudders at the horrors of the Hazelwood Chuckle House, travels to Czechoslovakia and at Horin discovers the glories of a decayed baroque suite of apartments and meets its custodian, a Polish Hurricane pilot. This book features many figures from the art and architectural world: Francis Watson, James Lees-Milne, Nikolaus Pevsner, Paul Mellon, Basil Spence and others.

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John Harris was joint organizer of the celebrated 'Destruction of the Country House' exhibition at the Vistoria and Albert Museum in 1974. He has also published many books on architecture, gardens, the decorative arts and architectural drawings. He is now Curator Emeritus of the Royal Institute of British Architects' Drawings Collection. He lives in London and Badminton.

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