A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to go and listen to a talk by Steffie Shields about her passion for Capability Brown and his landscapes. I knew that her book was due out soon so I was very pleased to be sent a copy to review.
The book goes into a lot of detail. It very handily gives us a conversion table at the start of the book, explaining the present day value of eighteenth century money. It also explains farthings and furlongs and other old coinage and measurements. All of which are vital to help us understand the plans and narratives that were contemporary to Brown's work. There is also a full index at the rear that highlights specifically the Brown landscapes.
2016 is three hundred years since the birth of Capability Brown and there are celebrations and exhibitions to recognise this all year. There can be no better year to buy a book on this great man, and Steffie's book has an engaging personal voice that makes it more than a description of his life and works, it is about experiencing him through Steffie's enthusiasm.
Moving Heaven and Earth is published by Unicorn Publishing Group