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Country Life November 16 2016 offers up fires to keep you warm this winter; politicians’ pets; Nathaniel Parker on political turmoil; plus Gentleman’s Life. Find out more here:

ARCHITECTURE: The harmonious appearance of St Giles House, Wimborne, Dorset, seat of the Earl of Shaftesbury, belies its complex history, says John Martin Robinson

GARDENS: George Plumptre explores the restored garden at Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey, when it is magically illuminated

GENTLEMAN OF THE YEAR: We outline the 21 candidates for the title

INTERVIEW: Actor Nathaniel Parker, who plays the Speaker, Jack Weatherill, in a new play, talks to Jack Watkins

THE WORLD SERVICE: The BBC World Service was a lifeline for Terry Waite during the dark years of his kidnapping in Beirut

FIRES: The secret to a good fire is in the stacking and chopping of logs, says John Wright, who admits to perfectionism

POLITICIANS’ PETS: Forget polls and conferences, the best way for a politician to court popularity is to get a pet, finds Harry Wallop

COOKING: Simon Hopkinson offers onion recipes without tears

CINEMA: Going to the cinema needn’t be a soulless, sticky- floored experience. Emma Hughes recommends a treat at one of Britain’s historic picture houses

PROPERTY: Penny Churchill finds business is booming in South Bucks plus Lincolnshire bargains and bachelor pads

INTERIORS: Giles Kime admires a tranquil Kate Earle kitchen-dining room

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