Born at the start of the twentieth century, John Betjeman later wrote that he always knew he would be a poet. In time, he would indeed become the most popular Poet Laureate since Tennyson, but he was more than that: as a noted broadcaster and journalist, he also did much to help us appreciate the beauty all around us - in the landscape, in architecture, in churches, on the coast and on the railway. At once lyrical and humorous, nostalgic and unsentimental, and above all distinctively English, Betjeman is in the first rank of poets to have emerged from these isles in the last century.
Greg Morse is the author of 'John Betjeman - Reading the Victorians', which grew out of the work he did for his D.Phil thesis on the Laureate. He is also co-author, with Chris Ellis, of 'Britain's Historic Railways', which draws on an enthusiasm for Britain's railways that he shares with Betjeman. Greg works as a technical writer for the railway industry in London.
?Introduction / Becoming the Poet / Betjeman and Architecture / Sound of the Suburbs / For the Love of Railways / Betjeman and Cornwall / Faith and Doubt / Betjeman the Laureate / Places to Visit / Further Reading / Index