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Betjeman's England

John Betjeman, Stephen Games, John Betjeman

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England, Poetry, Prose: non-fiction, Travel & holiday

An affectionate and unabashed celebration of Englishness from one of England's most popular poets.

For more than half a century, Betjeman's writings have awakened readers to the intimacy of English places - from the smell of gaslight in suburban churches, to the hissing of backwash on a shingle beach. Betjeman is England's greatest topologist: whether he's talking about a townhall or a teashop, he gets to the nub of what makes unexpected places unique. This new collection of his writings, arranged geographically, offers an essential gazetteer to the physical landmarks of Betjeman Country.

A new addition to the popular series of Betjeman anthologies, following on from Trains and Buttered Toast and Tennis Whites and Teacakes, this is a treasure trove for any Betjeman fan and for anyone with a love for the rare, curious and unique details of English life.

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Praise for Betjeman's England

  • 'Betjeman chronicles the English way of life in exquisite, affectionate and often hilarious detail' - Independent

  • 'Betjeman was an original and a star' - Daily Mail

  • Betjeman combines sly humour with a deep love of Englishness' - Spectator

  • Always thoughtful, always eloquent writing - Robert Elms Podcast

  • The extracts published here capture the spirit and charm of the broadcasts and the places he explored for the camera years ago that can still be enjoyed today - Daily Express

  • Remarkable collection ... this is a real treat for any fan of Betjeman, and a testament to Games s remarkable research and reconstruction - Sunday Telegraph

  • Games has supplied an informative introduction ... Betjeman misxing charm and intimacy - Daily Express

  • The real joy of this book is the chance to remember Betjeman s keen eye, sense of fun and turn of phrase - Choice Magazine

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