Country Life January 10 2018 examines the life and work of Humphry Repton, one of the greatest garden designers in British history, and ponders how to light the perfect fire.

NAMES: Double-barrelled names appeared to be on their way out a few decades ago, but have been roaring back. Flora Watkins explains why,

GARDENS: Stephen Desmond on the work of Humphry Repton, plus Alan Titchmarsh’s latest column.

WHEN RAP MEETS HISTORY: A new musical mixes America’s Founding Fathers with rap – and completely wins over Michael Billington.

FAVOURITE PAINTING: Art magazine Apollo’s editor makes his selection.

ARCHITECTURE: Ince Castle in Cornwall was destroyed by fire, but has risen from the ashes as grand as it ever was.

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CUTTLEFISH: We all guzzle calamari while on holiday – so why don’t we eat the similar and equally-delicious cuttlefish of our own waters?

INTERIORS: Giles Kime and Arabella Youens pick out some new trends for 2018.

PLEASANT PHEASANT: Simon Hopkinson on how to roast the perfect game bird.

PROPERTY: Six magical country houses under the £1 million mark, plus why downsizers are causing ripples in the market.

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