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Clive Aslet

Recognised as a major authority on Britain and its lifestyle, Clive Aslet is a Visiting Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, where helped to establish the Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Architecture at Downing College, and the Publisher of Triglyph Books.  For many years he was Editor of the magazine Country Life and continues to contribute to a wide range of publications and media channels, and to give talks and lectures.

Clive has published over 30 books, including The Story of the Country House from Yale University Press (2021) and, most recently, Trigylph’s Old Parkland: Community, Architecture and the American Ideal.

Among his other books are War Memorial (2012), a book that reconstructs the lives of individuals whose names were commemorated on a village war memorial in Lydford, Devon; Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams (2013), which describes the Americans who transformed British country houses during the 19th and 20th centuries; and The Birdcage (2014), his first novel, a story about the events in and around the city of Salonika during the First World War.

In 2020 Clive released The Real Crown Jewels of England. In this delightful celebration of the real crown jewels of England, Clive Aslet takes us on a journey of 100 places that make our country great. From ancient oaks and Devon lanes to war memorials and the BBC, the white cliffs of Dover to views of Durham from the train, Aslet lovingly captures the magic of the places that underpin our national identity.

BBC journalist & presenter David Dimbleby described Clive’s work as ‘charming, erudite, amusing… His energy, enthusiasm and learning, always lightly worn, are prodigious.’


“Mr Aslet writes superbly well, his prose touched with irony like Vermouth in a good martini…’

Jason Goodwin in Country Life

"With this book Aslet makes an important contribution to social history... the stories are not tidy portraits of heroism but achingly real portraits of wartime loss experienced by a changing rural community"

Daily Express on War Memorial (2012)

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