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Clive Aslet

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Clive Aslet

Recognised as a major authority on Britain and its lifestyle, Clive Aslet is an award-winning writer, journalist and Editor at Large of Country Life magazine. He also contributes to a wide range of newspapers including the Daily Telegraph and The Times, broadcasts on television and radio and engages in public speaking.

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

Among Aslet’s publications we can highlight 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.

More information about Aslet’s work can be found at his website, www.cliveaslet.com .

“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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