When first picking up this splendid, massive book, published by Yale University Press in association with Historic England for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, one has the immediate urge to congratulate the author, photographer, designer, and publisher. That may sound a rather hackneyed beginning, but in this case it does not refer to yet another work on popular ancient treasures or to one of today's architect's sparkling exuberances; rather, all splendor is lavished here on a so far rather unloved period of architecture, the world of postwar English building. Up to now one could read about this period only in modestly illustrated academic kinds...

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