In Bearing Up: The Long View, Francis Fulford looks at the troubled history of landowning and identifies the characteristics which have enabled many estates to survive while others have foundered. Surveying the scene today, Fulford draws on his own experiences to suggest a strategy of survival in the twenty-first century.

There have been Fulfords living at Great Fulford in Devon for eight hundred years. If Francis Fulford, the present owner, has anything to do with it, his descendants will be happily ensconced in the family pile as he is today. There may even be some new wallpaper by then.

In this robustly argued book, Fulford demolishes the myth that you need to be rich to live in a big house: just keep the roof on, the central heating off and the wife away from the shops. Then sit back and enjoy it, while your children race their bikes around the Great Hall.

Though Francis Fulford’s rugged philosophy will infuriate as many people as it delights, few will be bored as he reveals how one Englishman is making sure his castle is his home. For keeps.

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