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“No recordings appear to have survived. The BBC’s card index system of his scripts does not include them. Even Betjeman himself seems to have said nothing about them. And yet they were perhaps the most important broadcasting project of his life...” From the Introduction by Stephen Games

A unique collection of previously unpublished radio talks by John Betjeman, Sweet Songs of Zion (20th August, £14.99) is an absolute must-have for any fan of hymns. Edited by Stephen Games, these talks are brought to you for the first time ever by Hodder & Stoughton.

Sweet Songs of Zion is a hidden gem amongst Betjeman’s works, a timeless series of talks exploring the rich, and often revolutionary, origins of hymns. Brought to life through Betjeman’s unique anecdotes and insights, the series provides an absorbing and entertaining view into the lives and histories of the hymn-writers themselves, from Fanny Alexander (All Things Bright And Beautiful) to early Greek hymn-writers.

Stephen Games’ previous Betjeman books, Trains and Buttered Toast and Tennis Whites & Teacakes, have both been on the Sunday Times Bestseller lists. He has made documentaries for BBC Radio 3 and was the first arts correspondent of The Independent.

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