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Kester Rattenbury

The Wessex Project: Thomas Hardy, Architect

Series: Book Launch
Date: Tuesday 19 June 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Bookshop
Running time: 0 mins

Launch Price £25 (RRP £35)


Who is the most famous member of the Architectural Association, past or present? Rem Koolhaas? Richard Rogers? Peter Cook? Or maybe Thomas Hardy: poet, novelist, architect; and creator of one of the most famous and ambitious part-real, part-imagined realms the world has seen.


This is the first in-depth study of Hardy's work by an architectural critic, and it opens a startling new perspective on this world-famous author. Through it, we begin to see Hardy as someone who never gave up architecture: not just as a highly architectural writer, but as someone experimenting in all kinds of representation, including drawing, mapping, photography, stage design and writing; not just as a seminal English storyteller, but as England's most influential conservation campaigner too; not just as a leading voice in literature, but as the creator of one of the greatest ever conceptual architectural projects.


This book offers both a new way of looking at Hardy’s great works and an exploration of the how architects see, imagine, and work.


Join us for a drinks reception with author Kester Rattenbury to celebrate the launch of this great new publication.



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