Betjeman is arguably Britain's best-loved and most widely read poet. Summoned By Bells, his verse autobiography, is brim-full of classic Betjeman themes. It tells the story of a boy's growth to early manhood - seaside holidays, meddling aunts, school bullies, an unexpected moment of religious awakening, then Oxford, and sparkling pen-portraits of the literary greats he met there. His unabashedly musical verse is poignant, comic, reverent, defiant, devoted and, always, full of feeling.

Summoned by Bells 2007, John Murray Publishers Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780719522208


Summoned by Bells 1989, John Murray Publishers, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780719533501

Revised edition

Trade paperback

Summoned by Bells John Murray Publishers Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780719500992