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John Betjeman: The Biography

Bevis Hillier

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

John Betjeman was the best-loved English poet since Tennyson and became an institution - a 'teddy bear to the nation'.

This biography takes the reader from Betjeman's troubled childhood in north London, through his blossoming at Oxford; a gay fling with W. H. Auden; a clandestine marriage to a field marshal's daughter; pranks as a film critic; wartime service and probable espionage in Ireland, to the glory days of his later years when his Collected Poems became a runaway bestseller. This book is a distillation of Bevis Hillier's three-volume biography, authorized by Betjeman himself.

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Praise for John Betjeman: The Biography

  • [Hillier] has unearthed a wealth of detail and anecdote. - Glasgow Herald

  • Hillier's enthralling, many-voiced biography is an awesome achievement. But it is no more than Betjeman's due - John Carey, Sunday Times

  • Fascinating - Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times

  • Sharply perceptive ... compelling ... A biography this good abolishes time in its own way, and triumphantly ensures Betjeman's survival - Peter Conrad, Observer

  • A mosaic in which the true face of the man and his times is revealed - Mail on Sunday

  • The chubbiest, juiciest book of the year' - Barry Humphries, Daily Telegraph

  • Strikes just the right note. - Telegraph

  • An awe-inspiring piece of scholarship ... Betjeman has had the best and most sympathetic biographer he could have wished for - Artemis Cooper, Evening Standard

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