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Tennis Whites and Teacakes
Betjeman's England is a place of patriotic poets and seaside coves, provincial cathedrals and eccentric dons. 'Tennis Whites and Teacakes' brings together the best of Betjeman's poetry, private letters, journalism and musings in order to present a fully-rounded picture of what he stood for.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by John Murray
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Jul 20, 2012 David rated it really liked it
A fairly ecclectic collection of Betjeman's poetry and prose. The emphasis is on his prose writing, which he regarded as being of far less importance than his poetry, and which, in the case of journalism or review pieces, was often produced primarily for economic necessity. The poems (or extracts from longer poems) that feature in this volume are largely here to illustrate how a topic or episode discussed in verse would often be mentioned again in a piece of prose. Sometimes it went the other wa ...more
Weeeell ... I've been reading this on and off, mostly off, for about four years. Finally finished it, and I must say it's something of a relief. It wasn't hard going - far from it - very pleasant and readable in most places ... just not in the least bit gripping. Perhaps this was because most of the prose sections were descriptive of people and things and lifestyles long since gone? Who knows. I tend to quite like the light pastoral tone of Betjeman's poetry (I enjoyed the collection 'Summoned b ...more
A nice collection of prose and poetry grouped around themes. He's a grumpy old Tory at times, but has his moments. Picked this up in a very trashy looking bookshop in Keighley (town in Yorkshire) on vacation a couple of years ago. In amongst the Jackie Collins and my little pony coloring books, was this for 99p.