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A new book celebrating the Castle

14 May 2012

We will soon be celebrating the launch of a new and exciting book about the Castle, including a fascinating look at everyday castle life.

A new book celebrating Alnwick Castle - one of Europe's most iconic castles.

The Home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland
By James McDonald
Publication date: 7th June 2012
Price: £30
With a foreword by the Duchess of Northumberland

This exciting book includes:

  • Detailed coverage of the renovations of the State Rooms
  • Never before seen private rooms
  • Fabulous new photographs of both the public and private rooms
  • A fascinating look at everyday castle life

Alnwick Castle is at the heart of Northumberland. It is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland who head one of Britain’s wealthiest and most aristocratic dynasties. One of the largest inhabited castles in the UK, it has been the residence of the Percy family for over seven centuries. Every summer it is visited by hundreds of thousands of people.

This new book is a lively history and guide which celebrates this extraordinary place. Written with the full co-operation of the family, their staff, builders and interior designers, and with unique access to the Castle archives and to the Castle itself, James McDonald traces the history of the castle and the family, which he intersperses with many personal stories and details. He takes us on a tour of twenty-first century castle living, going behind the scenes to talk to those who help make the Castle function as a home for a modern family, and he also visits both the extraordinary garden and the surrounding Hulne Park.

James describes the changes to Alnwick that each generation of Dukes and Duchesses has brought. In particular though, he covers the story of Jane Northumberland who, since becoming Duchess in 1995, has remade the private side of the house, renovated the State Rooms, blending English country house style with the existing grandeur, and restored The Alnwick Garden to make it the world famous visitor attraction it is today.

Illustrated with archive photographs and over 200 gorgeous new photographs of both public and private rooms, this sumptuous book is a revealing portrait of Alnwick Castle, its magnificent recent restoration and the people who live and work here.

James McDonald is a photographer and writer, a contributor to leading interior magazines including House & Garden and The World of Interiors. He lives in London and Oxfordshire.

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The Duchess of Northumberland will be signing copies of this new book on 28th May 2012 from 12 noon in The Alnwick Garden's Pavilion.