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  • What a delightful book... Betjeman has the precious ability to see beauty in so many places, things and people, and to describe them so effectively that we are persuaded to recognise their beauty also and to wish to see for ourselves

    Norman Taylor, Literary Review
  • There is something to enjoy in virtually every item in this carefully chosen anthology, but the most individual and characteristically Betjemanic pieces are those about his abiding loves: the landscape and the buildings of England

    Charles Osborne, Daily Telegraph
  • In addition to revealing and amusing- and artistically astute pieces about artistic contemporaries such as Waugh, Auden and Epstein- there are autobiographical sections of shocking self-knowingness

    Candia McWilliam, Independent on Sunday

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