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Sir John Betjeman
John Betjeman (1906-84)

Sir John Betjeman OBE, to give his full title, was one of those curious British characters - a pillar of the establishment and at the same time full of querky, unorthodox ideas.

Poet Laureate (the Queen's official poet), one-time civil servant and spy, he was able to communicate with insight, wit and charm. His subject matter and use of language helped make his work accessible.

A great entertainer, his work is well worth exploring. Slough was written in 1936 and published in his third book, Continual Dew, the following year.

If you would like to find out more about Betjeman's life and work,
try these informative websites:

The Betjeman Society        Metroland

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