Architectural photographer Angelo Hornak has contributed to many books, including histories of St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, as well as the cathedrals of Canterbury, Winchester, Wells, Exeter and Ely. Balloon Over Britain is the story of his flight over Britain in a hot-air balloon with a basketful of cameras. London from the Thames takes the reader on a boat trip from the Thames Barrier in the east to Hampton Court in the west, exploring the historic river and the buildings and monuments on its banks.
Catherine Horwood is a social historian with a passion for plants and gardens. Her book, Gardening Women: Their Stories from 1600 to the Present (Virago, 2010) was enthusiastically received. "Horwood strikes gold," said the Guardian. "Packed with lovely detail and quirky stories," wrote the Mail on Sunday. "Gardening Women is rich, full and lasting. Neither gardens nor women will seem quite the same again," said The Times. The American edition appeared shortly after under the title Women and Their Gardens: A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today (Ball Publishing, Chicago). Catherine Horwood’s other books include Rose (Reaktion, 2018), Potted History: The Story of Plants and the Home (Frances Lincoln, 2007) and Keeping Up Appearances: Fashion and Class Between the Wars (Sutton, 2005). She has also written for newspapers and magazines including The Times, Daily Mail, Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden. Her blog, www.gardeningwomen.com, has a worldwide following.
Jason Ingram is a celebrated photographer of gardens, plants, food and people. He also works with top international garden designer Dan Pearson on private projects. Jason won the Garden Media Guild Photographer of the Year Award in 2013 and 2014 and was Features Photographer of the Year in 2016. He lives in Bristol.
Andrea Jones’s passion for photography and nature has led her around the world documenting landscapes, gardens and plants. She has exhibited in both the UK and USA and won multiple awards including GMG Book Photographer of the Year (2014) and Garden Photographer of the Year (2008). She lives in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Julia L. Kay is a painter, printmaker, photographer, muralist and digital artist who was born and raised in New York City. She holds a BA in Photography from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and did graduate work at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She lives in San Francisco where her work has won local competitions and a mural commission.
Julia launched her Portrait Party in 2010 when a personal project to draw herself every day for three years was drawing to a close. In just over four years, Julia Kay's Portrait Party has grown to more than 800 members from 50 countries and so far generated nearly 40,000 portaits.
Mary Keen is an internationally known designer who has worked in the USA, France and Corfu, as well as on many English gardens of great distinction – among them the garden she describes in this book. For twenty years she was a member of the National Trust Gardens Panel, which advises on the care of important and historic gardens. She has monthly columns in the Daily Telegraph and Garden magazine and is a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated and the Spectator. She is also a hands-on gardener, and her own garden is regularly open to the public. The author of five books, she writes from the heart rather than to order, and this is her first book after a gap of twenty years.
Griselda Kerr, who trained in horticulture and garden design at the English Gardening School, Broomfield College and Brooksby College, is a gardener, lecturer and columnist who describes herself as ‘always thinking about plants’. Her glorious garden at the Dower House, Melbourne, Derbyshire, is regularly open to the public.
Sir Osbert Lancaster (1908–1986) was a painter, a writer, a cartoonist, a theatre designer, an authority on architecture and design, and above all a great British humorist. His pocket cartoons depicting the aristocratic Maudie Littlehampton, her family and friends, which appeared in the Daily Express for forty years, recorded in his inimitably English way the life, news and opinions of the period. His books on architecture and design were as witty as they were authoritative: in them he depicted buildings and interiors with an unerring instinct for the minutiae of stylistic change and recreated with irrepressible humour the way of life of the original inhabitants.
Frank Lawley was born in Bloxwich, Staffordshire. His wife Marjorie was born Marjorie Louisa Tinlin at Wallington in Northumberland. In an attempt to understand something of the essence of Englishness as expressed in the English landscape, they have spent the past four decades rescuing Herterton House near Wallington, a long-abandoned sixteenth century farmhouse, and designing, creating and maintaining around it a new but appropriate country garden.