- Audio CD
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (14 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408400731
- ISBN-13: 978-1408400739
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1 x 14.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Summoned by Bells: A Life in Verse (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 14 Aug 2008
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More than a literary sensation, an experience all must share...This is John Betjeman's finest work...I abandon all the usual literary equivocations and call it a masterpiece (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The verse autobiography of the century - a uniquely evocative narrative of the agonies and delights of growing up. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
To the poetry lover who has not yet had the delight of becoming familiar with this classic, it just needs to be stated that all the superlatives that have been applied to Summoned By Bells are completely justified.
Bicycles with Sturmey Archer gears, Euthymol toothpaste, the stations of the London Underground, the Perpendicular architecture of Betjeman's beloved Church of England and outings to Cornwall on the London and South Western Railway are all woven into an autobiographical narrative that encompasses unpleasant nursemaids, early attempts at poetry, bullying at school, the sights and smells of second-hand bookshops and Sunday Evensong ... and the list goes on and on.
My advice: buy two copies, as the one that you loan to a friend is unlikely to make a reappearance!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to see why Betjeman became the laureate- brilliant, gentle, heart searching poetry evoking a past era with affection and clarityPublished on 3 Aug. 2013 by John H
I bought this as a birthday present for a friend as she specified this title. Iunderstand from her that she is well pleased with it.Published on 1 Mar. 2013 by Ms. S. S. Goudge
This is not what I was expecting. I love his poetry but this is just blank verse and I didn't bother to read it.Published on 11 Feb. 2013 by Lyn, Middleton