Allen Lane


Churches, Houses, Castles

Simon Jenkins

The best buildings of Wales in one beautifully illustrated volume

Simon Jenkins's thrilling guide to the buildings of his native country, modelled on his best-selling England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses, and also a cultural history of the country.

'The rugged summit in Aran Fawddwy in mid-Wales offers a panorama without equal in the British Isles . . . Nowhere in Europe offers such an encompassing vista of one country. From this vantage point there is no obvious sign of human settlement. There is only landscape, rolling and soaring, leaving the imagination free to roam over the history and genius of the place. Whatever else Wales may be, it is unquestionably a unity.'

From the great citadels of Caernarvon, Harlech, Powis and Beaumaris in the north, to the Victorian glories of Cardiff in the south, St David's cathedral ('the loveliest church in Wales') in the west to the exquisite little hill church of Patrishow in the east, from Plas Newydd above the Menai Straits to the romantic citadel of Carreg Cennan in the heart of the country, the buildings of Wales embody its history and are the equal of any in the British Isles. Simon Jenkins has travelled, it seems, every mile of the country to celebrate, and in some cases to find the very best of them, and irresistibly conveys in this book his enthusiasm for them. Cumulatively they amount to a cultural history of Wales by one of its most devoted sons. Anyone who is visiting Wales or who loves it will want to own this glorious book.

Simon Jenkins writes for the Sunday Times and the Guardian, and is one of Britain's most prominent journalists. He has edited both the Evening Standard and The Times, and has written books on politics, history and architecture in London including England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses, published by Penguin. His most recent book was Thatcher and Sons. He was knighted in 2004 and lives in London and Aberdovey.


Pub Date: December, 2008
ISBN: 9780713998931
Price: £25.00
Format: 234 x 153 mm hb
Extent: 304pp
Illustrations: 80 pp integrated colour
Territory: 1W
US rights: Ed Victor
Translation Rights: Ed Victor
Film Rights: Ed Victor
Serial Rights: Penguin UK

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