Clive Aslet, co founder

Clive Aslet, Writer

Clive Aslet is an award-winning architectural historian and journalist, acknowledged as a leading authority on Britain and its way of life. He is deeply familiar with every aspect of publishing, not least through his own books, the most recent of which is The Real Crown Jewels of England (Little Brown). He has published over twenty non-fiction titles, including The Last Country Houses and The American Country House, both for Yale University Press; The Last Country Houses was republished as The Edwardian Country House by Frances Lincoln. He has also written on British identity, on the countryside, and on the House of Lords. In 2014, Clive published his first novel, The Birdcage, set in Salonika during the First World War. 

For Triglyph Books Clive has written Old Homes, New Life: the resurgence of the British country house and The Academy: Celebrating the work of John Simpson at The Walsh Family Hall, University of Notre-Dame, Indiana.

After leaving Cambridge in 1977, Clive joined the magazine Country Life to write about architecture; he was Editor from 1993-2006. He continues to contribute to magazines and newspapers, such as The Times and The Daily Telegraph, as well as broadcasting on radio and television. Well-known as a campaigner on the countryside and other issues, he is an ambassador for the Woodland Trust, a trustee of the charities Plantlife and The Lutyens Trust and a fellow of the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Buckingham. 

Married with three children, he lives in London and Ramsgate. David Dimbleby describes Clive’s writing as ‘charming, erudite, amusing...His energy, enthusiasm and learning, always lightly worn, are prodigious.’

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