Candida Lycett Green was the author of seventeen books, including the bestselling English Cottages, The Dangerous Edge of Things and Over the Hills and Far Away. To find out more about any of the books listed below, or to buy them, just click on the book cover.
|The Dangerous Edge of Things
‘This is a beautiful book at many different levels. First, it anchors the author’s standing as the finest writer of our time on the English countryside.’ Country Life
‘This magical book describes what was lost: a closeness to the natural world, a life tied to the seasons, and memories of incredible richness and texture.’ Artemis Cooper, Evening Standard
|Over the Hills and Far Away
‘What appealed to me was her obvious passionate love of life, and her eye for the countless small things which make it precious’ Shane Watson, Observer Books of the Year
‘A brave, lyrical account of childhood, riding horses through England, ideal marriage, friends – everything that matters – oh, and breast cancer. But it’s life Betjeman’s daughter is celebrating.’ Susan Hill, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year
‘Eloquent, observant, bracingly idiosyncratic and filled, like a really good journey, with worthwhile detours.’ Evening Standard
‘The sheer variety of her life makes it worth recording… ”Only when faced with death does the purpose of being alive become so clear”. That’s what this book’s about.’ The Spectator
‘A book bulging with delights … If you follow Lycett Green’s trail, you will have enough unwrecked holidays to last you a lifetime.’ Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
‘This is a wonderfully idiosyncratic and intelligent selection of locations, and Lycett Green brings a huge breadth of knowledge to her topics.’ Clover Stroud, The Sunday Telegraph
‘A quirky selection of 100 places of abiding charm and beauty – from Great Dixter to Ely, via Romney Marsh and Rousham.’ Gardens Illustrated
‘There aren’t many people who can know England as well as Candida Lycett Green.’ The Lady
‘If there’s a better book to give for Christmas published this autumn, I’d like to see it.’ Cressida Connolly, The Spectator
‘Candida Lycett Green’s Seaside Resorts is a celebration of her 50 British favourites and a perfect Christmas present to suit man, woman or child. Who better to be a judge of coastal quality? … Somehow the essence of each resort is conjured so vividly you wish you were there. Architectural highlights and literary connections for each resort are noted but learning is worn lightly and comic insights abound.’ Mary Killen, The Lady.
‘What a wonderful book … It’s impossible to flip the pages of this lavish top 50 selection of recreational gems without being tempted towards the closest railway station.’ Nicholas Crane, Countryfile magazine.
|The Gardens at Highgrove
‘This book never leaves my bedside, on dreary days it transports me, and I feel I am there walking and being still in such a lovely space. If it was my garden I would have to return after I died as I could not ever bear to leave it.’ Lilias Darcy-Fox, Amazon reviewer
|“Country Life’s” 100 Favourite British Houses
‘This lavish tome features an idiosyncratic collection of eccentric homes and gardens around the British Isles, from the medieval pile Lacock Abbey to Creek Vean, a futuristic edifice in Cornwall. It’s a superior coffee-table book that’s proved a hit with my generation.’ Richard Ingrams
‘Author Candida Lycett Green, daughter of John Betjeman, livens up the proceedings by peppering her prose with gossipy anecdotes about feuds between families as well as enmities between owners and architects.’ The Independent
|Coming Home: Selected Prose of Sir John Betjeman
‘Betjeman’s daughter was hesitant about making this selection of her father’s prose – worried that he had not considered it to be of any lasting value. Thank goodness her convictions prevailed, for here is some of the most revealing and engaging work produced during the great man’s long career. The selection includes a wide range of Betjeman’s writings for periodicals of all shapes, sizes and denominations – film reviews, passionate declarations about new discoveries (buildings, books, people), short stories, film scripts for documentaries, bread-and-butter opinion columns and personal crusades. Divided thematically, Lycett Green briefly sets the scene of each period, contextualizing Betjeman’s funny, vivid, fervent writings.’ Kirkus UK
|John Betjeman Letters, Volume Two: 1951-1984
‘This second volume of letters selected by Betjeman’s daughter completes the impressionistic biography and portrait which she proposes in the first: again it is richly supplemented by her own connecting passages of narrative… These two volumes of letters are a brave and mighty labour of love.’ Elspeth Barker, Independent On Sunday
‘Easily the best life I’ve read this year.’ Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times
‘The truth is that apart from Betjeman’s poems, I have never read a book which impressed me more… Now that we have these two volumes of letters, we do not really need a biography of Betjeman.’ A.N. Wilson, The Oldie
‘The narrative framework provided by his devoted daughter is an impeccable piece of literary craftsmanship.’ Bruce Shand, Country Life
|John Betjeman Letters, Volume One: 1926-1951
‘All lovers of Betjeman will treasure [these letters], reread them, and bless the name of his daughter for the skill and good taste with which she has edited them… No book published this year will be so important as this, nor will any collection of letters be so funny, or so full of strange, life-changing thoughts.’ Literacy Review
‘A wonderful memoir as well as an excellent volume of letters. Mrs Lycett Green is… a very engaging and funny writer, who does full justice to the oddity and humour of her father’s life.’ Peter Ackroyd, Times
|England: Travels Through an Unwrecked Landscape
‘Any good travel writer can make you want to see places you do not know. Only a great one can make you long to revisit places to see the things you missed before. As it happens, Candida Lycett Green has written about a train journey to Ely, my own favourite place in England, starting at King’s Cross station, soon passing the Arsenal football ground, through Welwyn and Mitchin ‘and into the heart of silvery Hertfordshire where the brick turns paler and the chalk downs roll around Royston’. Soon after Cambridge she notes the fields of spinach, then cabbage and huge empty plots of bitter-chocolate-coloured earth. Soon after Little Thetford, the traveller starts to see the wondrous cathedral of Ely’. The Spectator
Brilliant Gardens celebrates those special English gardens which never fail to catch the attention of passers-by. Theses horticultural works of art, admired throughout the world, are marvels of dedication, devotion and design. They range from vivid displays of bedding plants laid out in kaleidoscopic patterns and strange manifestations of topiary to shell work and collections of ornaments, each contained within the framework of the small garden. All are a source of great delight to gardener and spectator alike.
|English Cottages (Country Series)|
English cottages are the most varied and beautiful in the world. They stand for much that is quintessentially English; they evoke images of home and hearth, country and continuity, and are imbued with a sense of stability that appeals to both imagination and sentiment. An Englishman’s home may be his castle, but his dream is a cottage.
|The Front Garden
Front Gardens are for display – designed as much for the pleasure of passers-by as for the gardener’s own satisfaction – and they are something uniquely English. And England is thick with wonderful gardens: at the seaside, in the countryside, in the suburbs and even town-centre mews, gardeners labour to produce displays that are unequalled anywhere in the world. Invariably the best front gardens are those belonging to retired people – people who have the time and the enthusiasm that such creations require – and, the conclusion is inescapable, the love and contentment that the very best gardens reflect.
|Goodbye London: An Illustrated Guide to Threatened Buildings
What is happening to London? 1973 is the year of the big planning decisions – Piccadilly, Covent Garden, Whitehall, the docks. But it is not just these larger, well-publicised schemes which could transform London beyond recognition in the next ten years. There are hundreds of plans, large and small, affecting every part of the city. In this book the authors show for the first time an overall picture of outstanding planning proposals in all areas of central London.
|Hadrian in the Orient
|The Adventures of Hadrian the Hedgehog|