So that is why my "Wednesday Review" this week is for a book called "Friar Park: A Pictorial History" by The Cardinals.
I have to confess, that I have not completely read all of the text in the book, but as it is a pictorial history, it is full of beautiful photos of Friar Park, which I have looked though many times. This book is not a "Beatles" book but it is one that is of great interest to George Harrison fans. George bought the property in 1970 and he built a recording studio there and records many albums. He made several promotional films there and Friar Park has been the place where fans have gone and met George over the years. Now that he has passed away, he wife, Olivia and son Dhani and his wife live there. Beatle fans have been fascinated with Friar Park ever since George first purchased it.
This book has so many beautiful photos from all of the years and shows ever part of Friar Park. It shows photos of the "small" houses (the ones that George's father and brother lived in at one time), the garden, the Matterhorn, the caves, and the big house. All the while it tells the history of Sir Frankie Crisp and how he came to build the things and the history behind them. There are not just photos, but post cards and other various things.
|Friar park--photo posted with permission of author|
My favorite part is seeing some of the inside of the large house where George lived. We have seen peeks of the inside over the years, and we read about it in Pattie Boyd's and Chris O'Dell's books, but these photos are just amazing! You will love to see them and imagine George hanging out there.
|Inside Friar Park home--photo posted with permission from author|
This would be a great Christmas gift or a gift for yourself, especially if you are interested in the Beatles homes and/or George Harrison. The beauty of the book is just amazing.
The book is reasonably priced ($23.00) and you can order it through Amazon.com If you decide to purchase the book, send an email to Cardinal@campfirenetwork.com with proof of your purchase, you will receive a electronic version of the book for FREE!! That is a great deal!
Also available is a book that is a color reprint of the 1919 Estate Auction Catalog. I have not seen this, but it sounds pretty awesome.