The Honeywood File & Settlement
H B Cresswell
Rush & Tompkins Group Ltd, 1980.
The Honeywood File first published 1929
The Honeywood Settlement first published 1930.
Hardback; 140 x 215 mm; red boards with gold titles on spine and decorative front cover; 412 pages; decorative endpapers. No dust jacket. Transparent protective plastic cover.
The book is in very good condition. The binding is sound.
In The Honeywood File, a richly comic classic, the pitfalls and vicissitudes of home building are presented in sharp and unforgettable detail, in the form of letters to and from the architect - a hapless young man named James Spinlove, who, in his valiant attempts to create the Honeywood mansion for Sir Leslie Brash, encounters a motley collection of contractors, surveyors, plumbers and town planners - to say nothing of intensely litigious lawyers, and Sir Leslie Brash himself, along with his good lady. There are letters from the subsidiary but crucial characters named Nibnose & Rasper, Mr Snitch, V. Potch and Hoochkoft the surveyor of bricks, among others. Its sequel, The Honeywood Settlement, is presented in the same epistolary style and involving many of the same characters.