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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (14 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306811057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306811050
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henry Vollam Morton was born in 1892 near Manchester, England. He became an international celebrity by scooping the world's press in the sensational discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in the early 1920s. His newfound fame subsequently led to a series of extraordinarily popular vignettes on English city and country life, which went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. He died in South Africa in 1979 at the age of eighty-six.

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2000
Format: Paperback
I rate this book as the best ever of its type. After many years abroad, Morton set out in his car one morning in the mid-twenties and went on a tour of his home country. The record of the trip is presented in this book. The contrast between England seventy-five years ago and the England of today is of course a huge one, but one of the themes of this book is the gulf between twenties England and the England of Morton's boyhood. Morton visits many well-known landmarks on his travels and his excellent, affectionate descriptions allow the reader to appreciate the changes that have taken place. The best recommendation I can give is that this book makes the reader want to get into their car and follow in Morton's footsteps (or perhaps tyre-tracks) and see the country in which they might live, but with which they are surprisingly unfamiliar.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By milmar@wwavrc.co.uk on 6 Jun. 2000
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Picked up a reprinted copy of In search of England (& In Search of Ireland) recently, very enjoyable, especially comparing H V Morton's impressions and experiences against Bill Bryson (Notes from a Small Island) & Paul Theroux (Kingdom by the Sea). England in the late 20's seems idyllic, no mention of traffic jams, noise, pollution etc. but idle conversations are still a great pleasure to the lone traveller.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Secret Spi on 12 May 2008
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This is, simply, a wonderful book that is an utter joy to read. It must be a mark of the quality of writing that, reading over 80 years later, you still feel as if the ink hasn't yet dried, so fresh and immediate is the style.

In an engagingly witty journey through (mostly rural) England in the late 1920s, Mr Morton's writing conjures up all the sights and sounds that he encounters, from haunted gothic ruins to sunny vicarage gardens.

Throughout the writing, Mr Morton's affection and awe for the land, its people and its history come through. And it's refreshing to read a book devoid of the sort of cynicism and pessimism that marks much modern writing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 May 2010
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"... there rose up in my mind the picture of a village street at dusk with a smell of wood smoke lying in the still air and, here and there, little red blinds shining in the dusk under the thatch. I remembered how the church bells ring at home, and how, at that time of year, the sun leaves a dull red bar low down in the west, and against it the elms grow blacker minute by minute. Then the bats start to flicker like little bits of burnt paper and you hear the slow jingle of a team coming home from the fields ... When you think like this, sitting alone in a foreign country, you know all there is to learn about heartache."
- H.V. Morton, homesick for England

First published in 1927, IN SEARCH OF ENGLAND bears testimony to Henry Morton's love affair with his homeland. For those of us that are citizens of elsewhere who are otherwise lovers of England and everything English, the volume joins Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island and the trilogy by Susan Allen Toth (My Love Affair with England, England as You Like It, and England for All Seasons) as absolutely required reading. All five books are declarations of love.

Having traveled all over England myself, as well as Wales and Scotland, during multiple visits, I could immediately relate to Morton's experiences at a number of unforgettable places: Salisbury, Winchester, St.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nigeyb on 25 Aug. 2013
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After many years abroad, H.V. Morton set out one morning in the mid-1920s, in his Morris two-seater car, on a tour of his home country.

This book was published on 2nd June 1927. It is now in its 40th printing with its original publisher in the UK. One British newspaper described the book as "travel writing at its best. Bill Bryson must weep when he reads it." I agree. The book is an absolute delight. The best travel writing inspires the reader to want to go and visit the places described. I came away from this book with a list of places to visit, or revisit. I was also inspired to look up many of the places he visited online. Many still look every bit as charming as H.V. Morton's descriptions.

H.V. Morton was writing at a time when people were less mobile. Interestingly he still describes traffic jams in the Lake District, and seems to encounter American tourists wherever he goes. He also stumbles across many old customs and skills that would have been in their death throes at the time he was writing, for example he describes flint-knappers in Norfolk, a skill that was already all but extinct.

Morton's writing is frequently sublime. It is fairly obvious that the reality cannot have been quite so perfect and that he must have made up some of the account. As the trauma of World War One started to diminish I suspect many readers wanted this type of pleasing portrait of England as a place of tradition, stability, history, country lanes, village greens, outstanding beauty, quirky characters and traditional pubs serving warm ale and cheese.
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