|Pages/Publication Date:||432 / 2016|
|Publisher:||Thames & Hudson.|
What could be more English than discussing the weather? Cultural historian Alexandra Harris blows in with this splendid illustrated history of English weather and English attitudes toward it. Following her Somerset Maugham Award winner Romantic Moderns, Harris takes a largely literary approach here, yet she also considers the paintings of Constable and Turner, who rendered skies and light in a way that had never been done before. And she catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals; "Bloody cold," says Jonathan Swift in the "slobbery" January of 1713, while Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud, and John Ruskin wants to bottle one.