About this book
Well-reviewed biography of Pugin, one of Britain's greatest and most remarkable architects, whose life was both fascinating and tumultuous. By the time he was 21 he had been shipwrecked, bankrupted and widowed; he died 19 years later, disillusioned and insane, having changed the face and mind of British architecture. Selected as a 'Book of the Year' 8 times in the 2007 round-ups and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, it it sure to do well in paperback. 'A magnificent biography, as sumptuous and intricate as anything Pugin built' John Carey.
Pugin was one of Britain's greatest architects and his short career one of the dramatic in architectural history. This book draws on letters and drawings to recreate his life and work as architect, propagandist and romantic artist as well as the story of his three marriages, the bitterness of his last years and his sudden death at 40.