When the brilliant classical architect Charles Barry won the competition to build a new, Gothic, Houses of Parliament in London he thought it was the chance of a lifetime. It swiftly turned into the most nightmarish building programme of the century. As politicians today grapple with the challenges of restoring the Palace of Westminster, this is the saga of how the man leading the greatest construction programme in Britain for centuries produced one of the most famous and instantly recognisable buildings ever built, in the fact of overwhelming odds.
Book of the Year 2016 for The Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazine
‘An achievement as intricate and splendid as Mr Barry’s own. Superb…a real jewel, finely wrought and beautiful’ – Lucy Worsley
‘An epic, with a hero at its heart’ – Literary Review