With a comtemporary perspective from Stuart Maconie
Featuring an exploration of the book’s social, political and literary legacy.
With contributions from Nina Bawden, Tom Priestley, Roy Hattersley contributions from Dame Margaret Drabble, Alan Plater, William Woodruff, Dame Beryl Bainbridge and Doctor John Baxendale.
Great Northern Books Limited
“An important book that has a literary importance and social value that far exceeds the time it was written.”
Dame Beryl Bainbridge
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 75 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. A book that anyone interested in England should read.
This special Edition of one of Priestley’s most enduring and widely-read works comes with a first word from Nina Bawden, forewords by Tom Priestley and Roy Hattersley; an exploration of the book’s social, political and literary legacy; and personal contributions from Dame Margaret Drabble, Alan Plater, William Woodruff, Dame Beryl Bainbridge and Doctor John Baxendale.
The fully restored original 1934 text
A book about England and the English
“This is a wonderful book: profound, wise, humane; a good companion indeed”
“Written in the elegant, simple language which was an essential part of Priestley’s brilliance. It is, in consequence, a masterpiece.”
“Priestley never wrote better than in these pages. They remain required reading for all of us.”
Dame Margaret Drabble