English Journey

English Journey

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In 1934, JB Priestley published an account of his journey through England from Southampton to the Black Country, to the North East and Newcastle, to Norwich and home. In capturing and describing an English landscape and people hitherto unseen in literature of its kind, he influenced the thinking and attitudes of an entire generation and helped formulate a public consensus for change that led to the formation of the welfare state.
Prophetic, profound, humorous and as relevant today as it was nearly 80 years ago, English Journey expresses Priestley's
deep love of his native country and teaches us much about the human condition and the nature of Englishness.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 391g
  • Ilkley, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912101866
  • 9781912101863
  • 648,512

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"The finest book ever written about England and the English." Stuart Maconie ; "English Journey is an important book that has a literary importance and social value that far exceeds the time it was written." Dame Beryl Bainbridge; "Priestley never wrote better than in these pages. They remain required reading for all of us." Dame Margaret Drabble
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About J. B. Priestley

John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984) was one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century. Pre-eminently a dramatist, novelist and social commentator many of his works have become literary classics, among them The Good Companions, Angel Pavement, An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways. His plays have been translated and performed all over
the world and many have been filmed. During the Second World War his regular Sunday night Postscript radio talks attracted audiences of up to 15 million listeners. It was said that he was as popular and as important as Churchill in shoring up the nation's morale and in offering a vision of a better world to come.
He was also a founder member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, a champion of public lending rights and
represented the UK at two UNESCO conferences.
In literary, social and political terms he was very much the last great man of English letters.
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187 ratings
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4 45% (85)
3 20% (37)
2 4% (7)
1 1% (2)
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