I bought this book sight unseen. If your interest is in traditional English interior design and decoration, please save your money! I guess I should have paid more attention to the description and not the title of the book, An English Room, which I feel is actually rather misleading, suggesting to me, at least, a picture book full of English style decoration. Instead, the book deals with notable places (not necessarily rooms) identified by various English personalities, notable for their own reasons, often not related to design or decoration at all. There appears to be a standard format: each personality seems to have four pages devoted to him or her; the first page provides some text about the individual and the place, the second page is a photo of the individual and the third and fourth pages each show a photo of the place. Again, not all these places are actual rooms; some are not. For example, P.D. James' portion (after text on the first page and her photo on the second page) consists of a photo of a landscape with a 19th century tower, followed by another landscape photo. Her portion might very well be meaningful to a P.D. James fan, but of little interest to someone whose focus is English design. Similarly, the Duchess of Norfolk's portion depicts a treehouse in a landscape; the Marquis of Salisbury's pages feature a staircase and tapestry in a stately home. There are several artists whose sections follow a similar format: text on the first page, their photo on the second page and the third and fourth pages devoted to some presumably interesting (not to me, however) aspect of their often starkly unfurnished studio or home (for example, three pairs of shoes on a chair). My least favorite section of this book covers someone named Jill Ritblat and her pool room in her London home; there is virtually nothing within the four walls of the room except for a completely featureless rectangular in-ground pool which presumably can be covered over (as it is in one of the photos) and used as empty space for entertaining. I did enjoy the four pages on Benedict Cumberbatch who chose the Garrick Club Library as his location (as pictured on the cover and in the book). However, don't buy the book, as I did, thinking that his portion is representative of the rest of the book. It is not. I bought the book assuming that was the case and am extremely disappointed. I would most definitely return it, if I could.