Set in England in the first half of the twentieth century, The Danes of Send Manor is both the biography of legendary entrepreneur Gordon Stewart and a fascinating history of the magnificent Send Great Danes. Stewart had his start in aviation and motorcars, and soon built a vast industrial empire with his associate William Morris. His greatest ambition, however, was the construction of the world's best kennel. His vision was realized in Send Manor, an elaborate Swiss-style park that became home to 500 Great Danes. Stewart's purchase of London's famous Strand Theatre brought actors and other artists into his life the glamorous and the amorous. This captivating book, illustrated throughout with wonderful period photographs, unravels the tale of Stewart's exciting world and the colorful players in it; figures such as William Morris, Malcolm Campbell, Gracie Fields and painter Augustus John, and relationships that included a close friendship with the
King of England and romantic encounters with... let's just say he had some interesting beneficiaries. Read this rich and often startling story.
For those interested in dog obedience methods, this book reveals wonderful training techniques and features detailed performance descriptions and scores of obedience photographs. The Danes of Send Manor has something to interest a wide range of readers grand dog shows, obedience training tips, early automobile and aviation highlights, arts and theatre history, Royal Family secrets, and much more.
|Publisher:||Boston Mills Press|
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About the Author
Robert Heal's previous book, He Whacked the Bloody Lot, was the highly praised biography of judge and breeder Bill Siggers. Since 1970 Heal has been an international dog judge specializing in Great Danes. His assignments have taken him throughout Europe and North America, and south to Australia and South Africa. He has judged such prestigious competitions as the Great Dane Club of America National Specialty and Britain's Crufts. He has also been a successful Dane breeder, winning Best in Breed, All Breeds, in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He is the only Canadian ever to win the Great Dane Club of America National Specialty. He lives with his wife, Shirley, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gordon Stewart was a wealthy Englishman who made his fortune selling cars in the early 20th century. He set about building the world's best Great Dane kennel in the grounds of a mansion in the village of Send in Surrey, and also invested in properties in London including the famous Strand Theatre. This book succeeds in bringing to life an eccentric gentleman who though famous and influential in his day appears almost lost to history in the decades since his death. If anywhere his legacy remains in the lineage of some of the Great Danes bred at his kennels. The author Robert Heal takes an affectionate look at the character, tracks down some of the survivors of the era, and speculates on his fading from the limelight. The book includes an appendix containing some of the Send Great Dane Pedigrees - and ultimately it will probably have most appeal to people interested in Great Danes, though being local to the area I did enjoy learning more about the history of a house I know well, and its mysterious occupant Mr Stewart.