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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781310122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781310120
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

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)

About the Author

JOHN BETJEMAN was born in 1906 and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. A prolific journalist, poet and broadcaster, he became a national celebrity, famous for his passionate defence of Britain's Victorian heritage. He was knighted in 1969 and became Poet Laureate in 1972. He died in 1984.

GAVIN FULLER is head of the Telegraph library, responsible for maintaining that newspaper’s archive. He is also a former Mastermind champion and the editor of Leaves on the Line, a collection of readers’ letters to the Telegraph on trains and train journeys.

CHRISTOPHER HOWSE writes for the Telegraph, with a weekly column on the human face of religion. He is also a regular contributor to the Spectator and his latest book is The Train in Spain (2013).


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrs H on 28 Nov 2012
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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 By M. F. Johnson on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Waywarddog on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FRIEDA TOLSON on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. G. Morgan on 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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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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By kenneth j white on 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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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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