ENGROOMWell, I love design and I am a huge anglophile, so yeah, I love this book: An English Room by Derry Moore. There is just something very comforting about an perfectly decorated English cottage or an old manor’s library that just makes me want to curl up with a good book and a big dog. An English Room has some perfect examples of some great rooms from some of contemporary England’s most notable personalities.

About An English Room by Derry Moore: “This collection of exquisite photographs and illuminating writings invites readers into the favorite rooms of some of England’s most revered celebrities. Everyone has a treasured place to read, study, work, and dream–but there’s something special about an English room. In this handsome volume filled with perceptive photographs, some of England’s most renowned figures share their favorite spaces and their personal musings about Englishness and English rooms. Benedict Cumberbatch reveals his favorite place to read a script; Jeanette Winterson describes why she adores the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris; P. D. James discusses the inspiration for her novel The Black Tower; and fashion designer Paul Smith contemplates the joys of his book-lined study. Gilbert & George invite you into their Queen Anne house, while Alan Bennett explains his rumpled existence in Primrose Hill. Derry Moore’s discerning eye captures the essence of the English room, whether in a country cottage, large estate, ancient chapel, or artist studio at home or abroad. All those with a passion for English culture, society, design, and fashion will take pleasure in this unique view into the private lives of some of England’s most public figures.”

If the idea of a book that celebrates the perfect English room is not enough to sell you – all I need to say is that the incomparable Benedict Cumberbatch is on the cover. Done.

An English Room by Derry Moore is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.