ENGLISH SEASON by Godfrey Smith
Godfrey Smith takes us on an expert guided tour through the grand old perennials of the traditional season - the restrained excitement of Wimbledon; picturesque Henley; people-watching at Ascot; and the long summer days at Lord's. We also visit the more cerebral circuit, encompassing Glyndebourne with its unique combination of music and outdoor scenery; the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; the Proms, and the breathtaking array of the finest horticulture at the Chelsea Flower Show. We experience the magical atmosphere of an Oxford Commen Ball, mixing youth, moonlight, music and champagne. The more sedate Buckingham Palace Garden Party is an essential inclusion as are hunting, shooting and fishing. Each event has a short appendix explaining how to get there are how to get in; and explores some of the threads that run right through this quintessentially English form of inspired folly; champagne, money and the season, and finally a short meditation on just how cheaply you can do it if you know how. Contrary to popular opinion, most events in it are quite inexpensive while some of them are free. This book, sponsored by Veuve Clicquot champagne, is a companion through the year and an insider's guide. Above all it is a celebration of English traditions and our ability to have fun.