Lovely Bits Of Old England: John Betjeman At The Telegraph

byJohn BetjemanEditorGavin FullerForeword byChristopher Howse

January 1, 2015|
Lovely Bits Of Old England: John Betjeman At The Telegraph by John Betjeman
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John Betjeman began writing for theTelegraphin 1951 and continued to do so for a quarter of a century. During that time Britain underwent profound social and cultural changes. In architecture, grand Victorian edifices were pulled down to make way for gleaming brutalist monuments to the Future. In literature, a new generation of angry young men (and women) challenged convention head on. In music, pomp and circumstance gave way to the electric guitar. And in fashion, hemlines crept up. Amongst much of the population, however, such rapid change met with disquiet: a nagging sense that the New had displaced much that was wonderful in the Old. By turns eccentric, wistful and polemical, Betjeman''s writing for theTelegraphgave voice to this unease. From contemporary reviews - often refreshingly caustic - of novelists such as Ian Fleming, Nancy Mitford and J.D. Salinger, through prescient warnings about the threat posed to the English skyline by office blocks, motorways and concrete lamp-standards, to elegiac paeans to Norman churches and, of course, the gothic majesty of St Pancras station,Lovely Bits of Old Englandcollects the very best of Betjeman''s contributions to theTelegraphfor the first time. Taken together they offer a eulogy for what was lost and an impassioned defence of the past in the face of progress''s relentless onward march.

Christopher Howsewrites for theTelegraph, with a weekly column on the human face of religion. He is also a regular contributor to theSpectatorand his latest book isA Pilgrim in Spain(2011).Gavin Fuller is head of the Telegraph library, responsible for maintaining that newspaper''s archive. He is also a former Mastermind champio...
Title:Lovely Bits Of Old England: John Betjeman At The Telegraph
Product dimensions:240 pages, 8 X 5.12 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:240 pages, 8 X 5.12 X 0.68 in
Published:January 1, 2015
Publisher:Aurum Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781781313633

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