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Summoned by Bells Hardcover – 4 Oct 2007

4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071952220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719522208
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A true poet who extends experience (Margaret Lane)

His humour is remarkably versatile, for it can be used to serve both his deepest love and his most remorseless hatred (Observer)

His poems spring from what he really feels about real life, and as a result he brings back to poetry a sense of dramatic urgency it had all but lost (Philip Larkin)

Betjeman is perhaps as completely original a writer as has ever existed (Times Literary Supplement)

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With a new foreword by Griff Rhys Jones, Summoned By Bells brings the world of Betjeman to life.

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Format: Hardcover
To the lover of poetry who has already been captivated by this wonderful blank verse autobiography, no recommendation or review is necesary, as you'll probably only be visiting this site to order a replacement copy for the one that mysteriously never reappeared after loaning it to a colleague or friend!

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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Format: Paperback
Summoned by Bells is the best of all the works of John Betjeman. I usually steer clear of autobiographies but this one, in an understandable prose or blank verse is wonderful. I cannot rate it too highly it's the best of the best.
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Format: Hardcover
This verse autobiography of John Betjeman's growth from a small boy to early manhood is extremly readable, I will in fact read this book again I enjoyed it so much the first time around!
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When Sir John Betjeman, much-loved poet laureate and campaigner for our unconsidered heritage, decided to write an autobiography, it was inevitably in blank verse - but don't be frightened off as it is so natural you would never realise it is a poem. The tone is warm, humorous and conversational, even confessional, rather than being pompous or 'poetic'. Summoned by Bells takes us from his earliest years in the semi-rural suburbs of pre-Great war Harrow, via miserable schooldays and an inglorious university career, to his first painful attempt to earn a living as a prep school master. And Betjeman's inimitable voice brings it alive. This must stand as the definitive recording, a true pleasure to listen to.
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Format: Hardcover
Narrated in blank verse, this is an honest and pellucid account of Betjeman's youth. A delight to read that is both intriguing from a biographical perspective as well as examples of Betjeman's wonderful poetry and nostalgic vision of a long-gone England.
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Very pleased with the quality of CD. Perfect for listening to on a long drive or just relaxing at home.
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Format: Paperback
Forget the teddy bear and the "Britain's most loved poet" stuff (though both are part of the overall package). He is a deeper and sometimes darker writer than his critics allow. The Collected Poems are also well worth reading.
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Easy to see why Betjeman became the laureate- brilliant, gentle, heart searching poetry evoking a past era with affection and clarity
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