What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

SOLVED: Non-Fiction > SOLVED. travel writer: midcentury, series of books on places in England

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message 1: by Jon (last edited Jan 16, 2020 04:50PM) (new)

Jon Krueger | 3 comments I'm trying to remember the author of a series of travel books with similar titles. He was an advocate for going to places within England. Each book celebrated a specific English town.

He was also a BBC writer, for some well-known radio program at the time. Timeframe is midcentury, or maybe postwar or interwar.

He had a complicated family life: left his wife, started a second family, wife wouldn't give him a divorce, and he couldn't force the issue because that would cause scandal and then BBC would fire him.

message 2: by Jon (new)

Jon Krueger | 3 comments Exciting news, I remembered!

It's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petre_Mais

message 3: by Jon (last edited Jan 22, 2020 10:47AM) (new)

Jon Krueger | 3 comments So here's my memory score:

1. It wasn't that his first wife wouldn't give him a divorce, it was BBC would have fired him for being divorced (yes, really).

2. The books didn't all have similar titles.

3. Each book wasn't about a particular town.

Other than that my memory was pretty accurate!

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