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Poems in the Porch: The Radio Poems of John Betjeman Hardcover – Illustrated, 18 Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; Illustrated edition (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847063284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847063281
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is delightful to see Poems in the Porch in print again - they contain some of Betjeman's funniest writing and best-aimed satire. Here, too are some poems that have never seen the light of day - real gems.
-Betjemen Society

In this slim volume you are once again in a world where Sunday was a day of rest and the Church of England was the centre of the community. These 22 poems are truly little gems and if you haven't met Betjeman before, this is a good introduction.
-East Riding News, February 2010

...in this slim volume...you are re-entering a world where Sundays were actually days of rest, and the dear old C of E was firmly planted at the heart of the community.
-Church Times, 28 November 2008

I congratulate Professor Gardner and his publishers for their enterprise in bringing out this scholarly and entertaining little book
-4th October 2008 - Daily Telegraph, The

...a fascinating book and a must for fans of Betjeman. --25 December 2008 - Methodist Recorder

About the Author

Kevin Gardner is Professor of English Literature at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is currently writing a scholarly monograph on Betjeman's Christian imagination.


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Format: Hardcover
Kevin Gardner is a noted Betjeman scholar and devotee, and in this slim volume he has lovingly attempted to reconstruct the suite of poems that John Betjeman wrote and recited on a BBC radio series between 1953 and 1957.

As the book's title implies, and particularly as the poems were written for the "Faith in the West" program that was broadcast on the Home Service, these are all poems that display Betjeman's characteristic affectionate loving wit and gentle satire that he directs at the Church of England.

Some (but not all) of the poems will be familiar to the follower of Betjeman, although a couple have been painstakingly reconstructed by Gardner from recently rediscovered BBC transcripts and recordings.

A delightful book therefore for either the Betjeman completist or the casual reader of this quintessential English poet
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I bought this as a present - it's an attractive, slim volume, perfect for sending. The poems have the broad theme of religion, but are not in any way preachy. Betjeman explores the curiosities of the Church of England - its parishioners, clergy, church events and the broader parish life. They are very witty and insightful - a wonderful glimpse into middle England. Don't miss them.
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I was delighted to be able to buy this book of poems, that John Betjeman thought was inconsequential musings but which take you back in history to the early days of radio and life in a different era.
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Kevin Gardner har done a nice piece of literary detective work and unearthed a number of Betjeman poems not hitherto published. K. Gardner is perhaps not the the world's most deep-digging literary scholar, and some of his remarks strike a European as quite self-evident and being an outsider's peep into English culture and church life.
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Format: Paperback
This delightful small book is a wonderful tonic for any who have to work with good,loyal but patienceexhausting churh groups
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