This is an intricate portrait of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, revealing much about the country and its people. The only drawback is that it's dated - set very much in the time he took the journey. I'd love to encourage him to retrace his steps to see what's changed and what hasn't - just as he did in "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star" (retracing, as far as possible, his route in "The Great Railway Bazaar"). Both of those books, as well as his other maginifcent travelogues, are highly recommended.
Some of the best of English and American poetry, read by some of the outstanding actors of our time. I especially loved Ian McKellan, Michael Caine and above all John Cleese - his renditions of "The Owl and the Pussycat" and especially "The Road Not Taken" (at 2:04:47) alone make this a worthwhile purchase. My only complaint is that one or two of the poems have special effects (an echo) which are not needed, and distract from what would otherwise be excellent readings.
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