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John Betjeman on Trains (Hardback)

John Betjeman

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ISBN 10: 0413776123 / ISBN 13: 9780413776129
Published by Methuen Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom, 2007
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Language: English . Brand New Book. John Betjeman (1906-1984) was not only one of the best-loved Englishmen of the twentieth century, he was also the people s favourite poet and champion of many causes linked to the preservation of Britain s heritage. Whether those causes concerned buildings, bridges or railway branch lines, Betjeman was a feared adversary of bureaucratic excesses. This delightful little book is a celebration of his love of railways and rail travel. Ten letters selected by his daughter, Candida Lycett Green, each describe a journey that he made or that he planned to make or that he planned for a friend or relative. Jonathan Glancey has added his own words to each letter; words that set the scene, bring the letters to life, that describe Betjeman s moods - humorous, mischievous, brisk for business - and above all, remind us of the age of the steam locomotive in Britain and the many stations closed and track miles lost during the sixties and seventies. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780413776129

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Title: John Betjeman on Trains (Hardback)

Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:New

Edition: Annotated edition.

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John Betjeman was a great champion of British heritage and a devotee of the railways. This small, beautiful volume, edited and annotated by Jonathan Glancey, describes all that Betjeman found of value in the landscape and architecture of this country as he cut a nostalgic, personality-filled arc through a long-lost Britain.

Jonathan Glancey is the architecture and design editor of the Guardian.

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John Betjeman (1906-1984) was one of the most popular contemporary English poets of the twentieth century, later becomming Poet Laureate. He was never, nor strove to be, the darling of intellectuals or academics, but by pure chance became the darling of the ordinary man in the street.

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