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Lovely Bits of Old England: John Betjeman at the Telegraph [Kindle Edition]

John Betjemen , Gavin Fuller , Christopher Howse
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The nation could now, more than ever, do with the acute observation sof this engaging, vastly knowledgeable, self-deprecating, untidy, poetic, slightly boozy figure, full of laughter and melancholy

(The Daily Telegraph)

‘[recalls] a vanished age of prose civility.’

(Steven Poole Guardian, The Best Stocking-filler Books, Christmas 2012)

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John Betjeman began writing for the Telegraph in 1951 and continued to do so for a quarter of a century. During that time Britain underwent profound social and cultural changes. In architecture, grand Victorian edifices were pulled down to make way for gleaming brutalist monuments to the Future. In literature, a new generation of angry young men (and women) challenged convention head on. In music, pomp and circumstance gave way to the electric guitar. And in fashion, hemlines crept up. Amongst much of the population, however, such rapid change met with disquiet: a nagging sense that the New had displaced much that was wonderful in the Old. By turns eccentric, wistful and polemical, Betjeman’s writing for the Telegraph gave voice to this unease. From contemporary reviews – often refreshingly caustic – of novelists such as Ian Fleming, Nancy Mitford and J.D. Salinger, through prescient warnings about the threat posed to the English skyline by office blocks, motorways and concrete lamp-standards, to elegiac paeans to Norman churches and, of course, the gothic majesty of St Pancras station, Lovely Bits of Old England collects the very best of Betjeman’s contributions to the Telegraph for the first time. Taken together they offer a eulogy for what was lost and an impassioned defence of the past in the face of progress’s relentless onward march.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3709 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (8 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781311005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781311004
  • ASIN: B00ADPQOEI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book of Old Betjeman 28 Nov 2012
By Mrs H
Format:Hardcover
This is a really pretty little book, which rewards repeated dipping rather than a cover-to-cover read. The selection was largely unfamiliar to me and there is no obvious overlap with the other recent Betjeman collections I've bought, except for a tribute to Max Beerbohm which also appears in the wonderful `Tennis Whites & Teacakes'. Those expecting poetry will be disappointed though, as Betjeman appears to have penned very little of it for the Telegraph, but anyone familiar with his defence of Victorian architecture, and St Pancras station in particular, is in for a treat. The majority of the book is taken up with articles on Britain's landscape and buildings, starting with a charming travel column which I was surprised to see visit Huddersfield and Southend rather than more obvious destinations like, say, Manchester or Bath. On balance, I would have liked to see more of this kind of writing and fewer of his book reviews, where he seems generally less passionate and insightful, but overall 'Lovely Bits of Old England' sits very nicely with the rest of my Betjeman collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bits of Betjeman 5 April 2013
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If you are fan of John Betjeman you will love this collection of his articles published in the Daily Telegraph. As always his writing is descriptive and displays his extensive knowledge and research and you can hear his voice on every page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great to dip in and out of 14 Jan 2013
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Bought this for my mum after reading a review of it in the Telegraph. She likes it very much. I would have preferred some illustrations but I suppose that the original articles may not have had any.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Bits of Old England 31 July 2013
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I enjoyed most of this book and like and admire John Betjeman for his conservation work of buildings. It has inspired me to visit some of the buildings he mentions and to be more observant, especially of ralway stations and Town Halls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely bits of old England 30 Jan 2013
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A lovely collection of articles written by a master of his art and sorely missed. Call me sentimental but this book is a lovely read and the discounted price was attractive too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JOHN BETJEMAN IS A HERO OF MINE 26 Jun 2014
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JB had the knack of putting his finger on a subject and then putting it into words; this is a classic and I am glad his writings have been put together in a book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy 20 Nov 2013
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As a fan of John Betjeman I thought this book was a very enjoyable read,the book arrived in excellent condition and delivery was very prompt
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Betjeman has no hidden taste. 9 Jan 2013
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John Betjeman has no hidden taste. Up front, no nonsence and a good read.Onw will always turn to his pages at the end of a long.day
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I'm enjoying this book. I love Betjeman anyway so this is another little bit of icing on the cake. Recommended.
Published 18 months ago by SE
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What is there to dislike in John Betjeman? I like all his writing and poetry, telling of the different facets of life for different counties in the British Isles.
Published 21 months ago by Margaret Doherty
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Stuff
I liked the architectural comments, he makes you want to visit the places or look at them again in a new light. Read more
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Excellent book, at a very reasonable price.To go on the bookshelf and be taken down many times and re- read again and again.
Published 21 months ago by Mr. Donald Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Bits of Old england - JOhn Betjeman at The Telegraph
Absolutely lovely book - beautifully bound and finished and a good size for carrying about - clear printing not too small so yes, a good buy.
Published 22 months ago by Mrs. M. P. Livingston
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I gave this book to my husband for his birthday and he has been captivated by it. Highly recommended for the nostalgic
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