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Glorious Goodwood by James Peill

Glorious Goodwood

A Biography of England's Greatest Sporting Estate

James Peill

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2 reviews

Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Constable
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 6 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781472128249

The history of Goodwood, England's greatest sporting estate

3 stars out of 5
Anne de Courcy
24 Jul 2019

"a generation-by-generation account of the Dukes of Richmond and their wives, children and proclivities"

The title of Glorious Goodwood: A Biography of England's Greatest Sporting Estate, is something of a misnomer. By James Peill, curator of the Goodwood Collection, it is really a generation-by-generation account of the Dukes of Richmond and their wives, children and proclivities down to the present day. Lovingly chronicled by Peill, they process through the pages, some more ploddingly than others, hunting, shooting, fishing and playing cricket on their vast estates with, as far as I can see, nary a cross word - unless you count the anger of one duke when he learnt that his heir wanted to marry "beneath" him...

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4 stars out of 5
Ysenda Maxtone Graham
18 Jul 2019

"tells a delightful history of the historic races"

If you have any Corbynista friends you want to convert away from extreme socialism, I recommend that you lend them this book to remind them of the immense good that a dynasty of enlightened Dukes can do for the well-being of a county and the gaiety of a nation... The Dukes of Richmond are deep-seated optimists, it seems. All of the sports at Goodwood, now enjoyed by so many people, stem from a passion of one of the previous Dukes. They're not the greatest letter-writers, it seems: the fifth Duke is the author of the shortest letter ever written: 'Yes – Richmond.' Sport and hospitality are their thing. Long may the glories and the optimism continue.