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The Best of Betjeman - John Betjeman

The Best of Betjeman

Paperback Published: 16th January 2006
ISBN: 9780719568329
Number Of Pages: 240

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John Betjeman, appointed Poet Laureate in 1972, is celebrated as the best loved poet of the twentieth century. His subtle blend of wit and melancholia, affection and criticism continues to attract an ever-expanding readership. From beneath his sparkling wit and deceptively simple nostalgia, Betjeman emerges as the authority on a broad range of subjects from conservation and church architecture to tradition and Englishness.

In this selection of his greatest poetry and prose, cherished classics such as Slough, Pot Pourri from a Surrey Garden and A Subaltern’s Love-song sit beside rare gems like Metro-land, Betjeman’s critically acclaimed film script.

Industry Reviews

His humour is remarkably versatile, for it can be used to serve both his deepest love and his most remorseless hatred - Observer

His poems spring from what he really feels about real life, and as a result he brings back to poetry a sense of dramatic urgency it had all but lost - Philip Larkin

Betjeman is perhaps as completely original a writer as has ever existed - Times Literary Supplement

This "best of", which shows just why Betjeman came to be regarded with more affection than any other poet of the 20th century, lives up to the claim with a selection of his greatest poetry and prose - Western Daily Press

Who could ever tire of the amusing and poignant pictures he painted in verses... - Oxford Times

Death in Leamingtonp. 15
Hymnp. 17
Westgate-on-seap. 19
The Wykehamistp. 21
The arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotelp. 23
Sloughp. 24
Love in a valleyp. 26
Dorsetp. 27
Death of King George Vp. 28
A Shropshire ladp. 29
Upper Lambournep. 31
Pot pourn from a Surrey gardenp. 32
Trebetherickp. 34
Oxford : sudden illness at the bus-stopp. 36
Group life : Letchworthp. 37
Sir John Piersp. 38
Myfanwyp. 47
In Westminster Abbeyp. 49
Seneip. 51
On a portrait of a deaf manp. 52
Henley-on-Thamesp. 54
Parliament hill fieldsp. 55
A subaltern's love-songp. 56
Bristolp. 58
Ireland with Emilyp. 59
In a bath teashopp. 61
Before the anaesthetic, or a real frightp. 62
Youth and age on Beaulieu River, Hantsp. 64
Lines from Sunday afternoon service in St. Enodoc Church, Cornwallp. 66
Indoor games near Newburyp. 67
St. Saviour's Aberdeen Park, Highbury, London, N.p. 67
Beside the seasidep. 71
North coast recollectionsp. 75
Harrow-on-the-hillp. 80
Christmasp. 81
The licorice fields at Pontefractp. 83
Huxley Hallp. 84
House of restp. 85
Middlesexp. 87
Seaside golfp. 89
I. M. Walter Ramsden, ob, March 26, 1947, Pembroke College, Oxfordp. 90
Norfolkp. 92
The metropolitan railwayp. 93
Sun and funp. 95
Original sin on the Sussex coastp. 96
Devonshire Street W.1p. 98
Business girlsp. 99
The old liberalsp. 100
Hunter trialsp. 101
How to get on in societyp. 103
False securityp. 104
Thoughts on The diary of a nobodyp. 106
Felixstowe, or the last of her orderp. 107
A bay in Angleseyp. 109
Uffingtonp. 110
The hon. secp. 111
Monody on the death of a Platonist bank clerkp. 113
Executivep. 114
Back from Australiap. 115
Inland waterwayp. 116
Chelsea 1977p. 117
Summerp. 118
Lord Mount Prospectp. 121
Motopolisp. 133
An approach to Oxfordp. 137
Blislandp. 140
Bournemouthp. 143
St. Endellionp. 147
Theo Marzialsp. 151
The Isle of Manp. 159
Kelmscottp. 168
The old churchesp. 172
Gravestonesp. 174
The outside of the churchp. 175
Bellsp. 177
The interior in 1860p. 178
The church in the fifteenth centuryp. 179
Commissioners' churchesp. 183
A. W. N. Puginp. 185
Modern timesp. 187
Middlesexp. 191
Cornwallp. 194
Early Englishp. 198
St. Pancrasp. 204
Postcript from Highworthp. 204
A letterp. 211
Metro-land, a script for televisionp. 215
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ISBN: 9780719568329
ISBN-10: 0719568323
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16th January 2006
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1