This series of pen-portraits of England, commissioned by the Daily Mail in the 1930s, provides a delightful insight into life between the wars, peppered with heart-warming, humorous and often irreverent observations.
Victor Canning, a storyteller whose style is as lean as a whippet, makes the perfect travelling companion to an England of another era – the spirit of which still exists’
Clive Aslet, author of Villages of Britain
‘wonderful… elegant, humorous, exuberant essays about random destinations’
Sue Arnold, THE GUARDIAN
‘Victor Canning’s elegiac prose captures the quintessence of England in the 1930s’
‘pin-sharp evocations of England… he sees into the heart of things’
Christina Hardyment, THE TIMES
‘elegiac essays commissioned in the 1930s by the Daily Mail... he could be describing another planet... Canning finds beauty everywhere, but never sentimentalises, and is consistently honest enough to highlight...
‘It’s a nostalgic offering in the best kind of way and it’s full to the brim with humorous observations about the British way of life, in times gone by. Canning...
‘Whilst much necessarily possesses a nostalgic appeal for contemporary readers, Canning does capture the timeless appeal of many English destinations... all receiving the same wry humour and perceptive insight.’
‘Although the articles were written less than 80 years ago, it’s striking just how much England has changed. In some respects the 30s appear very harsh, with great poverty. In...
“… a series of pen portraits of this green and pleasant land, first commissioned by the Daily Mail in the Thirties.”