Robert Sackville West, ‘Knole: A Private View of One of Britain’s Great Houses’ – Author Event


Thursday 22 September, 7pm at Sevenoaks Bookshop. 

Tickets: £5

These are redeemable on the night against purchases of  ‘Knole: A Private View of One of Britain’s Great Houses’, RRP £47.95 published September 2022. There will be plenty of copies for sale on the night.

(A maximum of two tickets, to the value of £10 can be redeemed against each book.)

There is no need to print out tickets. We will have names of all attendees at the door, where we will give out vouchers to be redeemed against purchases of the book. These vouchers can only be redeemed against copies of ‘Knole: A Private View of One of Britain’s Great Houses’ on the evening of the 22nd September 2022.

See Customer Service for terms and conditions.



Join author Robert Sackville-West to celebrate the publication of a stunning book of local interest.

This book is absolutely beautiful, glossy and sumptuous, something to grace every coffee table in Sevenoaks and beyond!

We will be showcasing some of the glorious images alongside hearing from Robert, and you will have the opportunity to buy signed and dedicated copies of the book – so that’s Christmas presents sorted for the super organised!

Our bar will be open serving delicious local wines, beer and soft drinks. This event will be more relaxed than our usual author events, and a lovely social way to celebrate the publication.

We hope you can join us at the bookshop for what promises to be a really lovely evening!

About the book:

Knole: A Private View of One of Britain’s Great Houses

Sumptuous photographs by designer Ashley Hicks (who recently photographed the interiors of Buckingham Palace) capture the smouldering spirit of the place: from the state rooms, which house possibly the finest collection of royal Stuart furniture in the world, to the private apartments and gardens, to the behind-the-scenes labyrinth of cellars and attics. Knole provides a window onto English history. The characters who people the pages of the book-the grave Elizabethan statesman, the good-for-nothing gadabout at the seedy Court of King James I, the dashing Cavalier, the Restoration rake, the 3rd Duke, that magnificent and melancholy representative of the ancient regime, the whiskery and dark-hearted Mortimer who caused three nights of rioting in 1884 by closing the park to visitors-are all representative of their age (members of a family described by Vita Sackville-West as “a race too prodigal, too amorous, too weak, too indolent, and too melancholy”: in short, “a rotten lot, and nearly all stark staring mad.” Of course, Vita’s torn legacy with the property prompted her dear friend Virginia Woolf to pen Orlando, furthering the place’s fame and glamorous lustre. Similarly, the architectural and decorative features of the house, so splendidly revealed by Ashley’s photographs, illustrate the different tastes of successive ages, from Thomas Sackville’s seventeenth-century makeover of a ramshackle medieval mansion to an early twentieth-century suite of rooms designed in the Bohemian style. Knole has never been illuminated in this way before.