Author(s): John Betjeman
This unique collection brings together a series of BBC Radio talks John Betjeman gave towards the end of his life. Previously unpublished, and brought together for the first time by the editor of the bestselling Trains and Buttered Toast, Stephen Games, these talks concerning hymns and hymn writers were Betjeman's swan song as a broadcaster. 'Hymns are the poems of the people', Betjeman observed in his first talk, and went on to show how variously this insight has been borne out over generations. Rich in anecdote and packed with information, these timeless talks will appeal to fans of Betjeman and newcomers alike, and will inspire everyone who has a fondness for hymns, and delights in Betjeman's unique voice.
'Invaluable ... a new and vital contribution, essential to anyone with an interest in this complex and fascinating icon of twentieth-century England.' -- Dr Kevin J. Gardner, Baylor University
Stephen Games writes about architecture and language. His architectural reviews for The Guardian" earned him a British Press Award. He lives in London with his wife and child.