This is the definitive John Betjeman collection reissued for the centenary of his birth, and includes his verse autobiography Summoned by Bells in its entirity
Collected Poems made publishing history when it first appeared, and has now sold more than two million copies, to an ever-growing readership. This newly expanded edition includes Betjeman's verse autobiography, Summoned by Bells. With a new Introduction by Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, Collected Poems is the definitive Betjeman companion.
A true poet who extends experience - Margaret Lane
John Betjeman has succeeded . . . in narrowing the gulf between poetry and the public . . . he has established a personal regency over all contemporary taste - The Times
It would be difficult - in my opinion impossible - to point to a contemporary poet of greater originality or more genuine depth of feeling - Anthony Powell