Trains and buttered toast: selected radio talks

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John Murray, Jun 1, 2006 - Performing Arts - 353 pages
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Eccentric, sentimental and homespun, John Betjeman's passions were mostly self-taught. He saw his country being devastated by war and progress and he waged a private war to save it. His only weapons were words—the poetry for which he is best known and, even more influential, the radio talks that first made him a phenomenon. From fervent pleas for provincial preservation to humoresques on eccentric vicars and his own personal demons, Betjeman's talks combined wit, nostalgia and criticism in a way that touched the soul of his listeners from the 1930s to the 1950s. Now, collected in book form for the first time, his broadcasts represent one of the most compelling archives of 20th-century broadcasting.

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Wouldn't mind buying this to dip into at my leisure. Read full review

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User Review  - Kay - Goodreads

This is a series of radio broadcasts done by Betjeman around the country, each one focussing on a different area. The talk could be about an area in general or a specific town or village. I have to ... Read full review


Victorian Provincial Life 1949
Waterloo Bridge is Falling Down 1932

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About the Author:
Sir John Betjeman was appointed poet laureate in 1972. He was the author of many books, including several works on architecture, and the editor of Shell Guides.

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