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5.0 out of 5 stars The quietest place under the sun, 1 May 2009
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I bought this book for my 94 year old mother at her request. She is Shropshire born and bred and these are her words.

A marvellous book - the wonderful poems of A E Housman brought to life with stunning photographs of the beautiful countryside he knew and loved. All lovers of Housman and Shropshire will delight in this book and if you have not yet discovered either buy the book - you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Land of Lost Content., 23 July 2009
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Shropshire Lad (Hardcover)
Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows.
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those.

That is the land of lost content.
I see it shining plain.
The happy highways where I went,
And cannot come again.

These words taken from A E Housman's "A Shropshire Lad" shimmer with a rare beauty. It is easy to see why these words of exquisite simplicity struck the hearts of homesick young lads trapped in the trenches of World War One. This series of 63 nostalgic verses set in a half imaginary Shropshire, a land of lost content, were first published in 1896 at Housman's own expense. He had been rejected by several short sighted publishers. The phenomenon it became is of course now history, a history that endures to this day. Its words entering the national psyche and becoming part of this islands heritage. The gifted childrens author Rosemary Sutcliff entitled the autobiography of her early years "Blue Remembered Hills". Such was the effect of the words on her.

The main theme of these spare verses is mans mortality. Death can strike at any time. This would have had particular resonance to those young men in the trenches. Although born in Worcesteshire Housman has provided us with a rich Shropshire literary heritage that is up there with the works of the wonderful author of "Precious Bane" Mary Webb. These verses are easy to read for a layman like myself. They conjure up a lost England from the past that we can now only see through a glass darkly. But reading Housman the glass becomes momentarily clearer and you are almost able to breath in the heady scents of those bygone country lanes. The book is a happy fusion of beautiful verse and evocative photographs. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations, 17 Nov. 2009
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Bought this as a present for one of the family who had been to Shropshire for a short holiday. Its a beautifully illustrated book with excellent photography.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Shropshire Glad!, 26 Sept. 2010
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I have been looking for a copy to buy for ages and this one really took my eye. It has some beautiful photography that work to bring the poems to life. As a Shropshire Lass I am proud have this book on my coffee table
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Shropshire Lad, 8 Jan. 2013
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I bought this book as a gift for someone who has never been able to find a copy in the shops. It is such a lovely book that I may now get one for myself. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes poetry and has a love of Shropshire. The photo shots were magnificent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SHROPSHIRE LAD, 30 Oct. 2012
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The combination of Housman's poetry with the beautiful photographs of the county is delightful and blows the mind. A book that is good value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality and excellent service, 31 Dec. 2014
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Very good quality and excellent service. Bought this book for a family member. I am assured it was exactly what he was looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, 30 Sept. 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my dad and he was thrilled with it. Stunning photography and powerful poems. A very high quality book.
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