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Over The Hills And Far Away


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Betjeman's daughter's story of her journeys round England on horseback which, in the shadow of her breast cancer, is also a memoir of her family and her life.

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Candida Lycett Green was the author of over a dozen books including Over the Hills and Far Away, The Dangerous Edge of Things,English Cottages, Goodbye London, and The Garden at Highgrove (with the Prince of Wales). She edited and introduced her father John Betjeman's letters and prose, and wrote and presented The Front Garden and The Englishwoman and the Horse for the BBC. She died in August 2014.


A small treasure. It is sharp, finely written, sometimes very funny, and would move a black-hearted croupier to tears. * Country Life *
There is an appropriate sense of fresh air blowing through the book's prose ... we are given not only new insights into both her father and her daunting mother, we also come to realise how many of their attributes she has inherited ... The book's power, finally is that it is full of life - life regained, and life reaffirmed. -- John Gross * Mail on Sunday *
Candida Lycett Green is good, clever and beautiful ... a writer of books about England that look almost too affectionate to be serious, but which, like her father John Betjeman's poetry, turn out to be both ... What brings her and the book its strength ... is her almost total recall of past happiness ... There is much fun in this book, and great anecdotes. Lycett Green has such joy in life - why should it end too soon? -- Jane Gardam * Daily Telegraph *
Eloquent, observant, bracingly idiosyncratic and filled, like a really good journey, with worthwhile detours. -- Jane Shilling * Evening Standard *
Joyful tales from the saddle and the country pub are offset by entries describing the discovery and treatment of Lycett Green's cancer ... bracing, but never bleak and often funny. Neither sentimental nor undignified, it is how you would hope to fight illness ... Lycett Green is always good company. -- Edward Smith * Sunday Telegraph *

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