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Cluedo (commercially produced in 1949) was the brainchild of Anthony Ernest Pratt. Between the wars Pratt played the piano in country house hotels where he observed the guests participating in murder mystery games.
Adrian Tinniswood in his illustrated account of life in the English country house between the wars uncovers the real truth about a world draped in myth and hidden behind stiff upper lips and film-star-smiles: memoirs, unpublished letters and diaries and the eyewitness testimonies of belted earls, unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers.
‘elegant, encyclopaedic and entertaining history of English country house life’ The Telegraph
‘brilliant book about life in the English country house between 1918 and 1938’ The Observer
Adrian Tinniswood OBE is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham and a Visiting Fellow in Heritage and History at Bath Spa University, he has worked for and with the National Trust at local, regional and national levels for more than thirty years. He is the author of fourteen books of social and architectural history including the highly praised A Life of Christopher Wren.