Thursday, 17 February 2011

TRAINS AND BUTTERED TOAST Book Review


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Title: TRAINS AND BUTTERED TOAST
Author: JOHN BETJEMAN
Edited by Stephen Games, this anthology is a lovely treat. These radio talks reveal John Betjeman as the extraordinary poet and genius that he was. Broadcasting in the golden age of wireless, Betjeman was a national treasure for millions of devoted listeners. Here his eccentric and whimsical and homespun radio talks are collected in book form for the first time. From trains and buttered toast to hymn-writing vicars and Regency terraces, his enthusiasms are infectious. Travel with him as he potters about at the seaside, delves into country churches and marvels at provincial cities. Rediscover, as he did, how to appreciate our discarded heritage. 'I shan't tell you where all the lovely places are' he playfully remarks, 'I want them to myself. But I'll tell you where to look.' A companion to Tennis Whites and Teacakes code 66636. 353pp in paperback.
Published Price: £8.99
BIBLIOPHILE PRICE: £4.50

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