EM Forster’s Howards End is one of the most famous homes in English literature. It represents a rural Britain lingering in the past and struggling to keep up with the comparative chaos of urban life at the beginning of the 20th century.
The novelist’s inspiration for Howards End came from his childhood home, Rooks Nest. After his father died from tuberculosis, Forster’s mother took him to the countryside in the hope that they could lead a healthier life there. He lived at the house, near Stevenage in Hertfordshire, from around the age of two to 12 years old.