This architectural historian is the author of fourteen successful books on social, architectural and cultural history. His biography of Christopher Wren was a great success with Cape who also published By Permission of Heaven – the Great Fire of London. Adrian has extensive international experience as a lecturer on British architecture, art and history. The Verneys -a brilliant story of a 17th century family based on over 30,000 documents, was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Cape and Riverhead published Pirates -The Corsairs of The Barbary Coast to brilliant reviews. Cape and Basic US published The Rainborows -One Family’s Quest to Build a New England inSeptember 2013. He now plans The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House 1918-1939. He has always worked for heritage projects for the National Trust and locally in the West Country and in 2013 was awarded an OBE for services to heritage.