Bevis Hillier has devoted more than twenty-five years to writing Betjeman,s life, a task entrusted to him by the poet himself. Like Betjeman he was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. Later he joined the Times, became editor of The Connoisseur and a columnist on the Los Angeles Times, as well as writing for many other papers and journals. He edited Betjeman,s ,Uncollected Poems, ,now included in ,Collected Poems,,, compiled ,John Betjeman: A Life in Pictures, and is the author of ,Young Betjeman,. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in Hampshire.