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Little England

Patrick Wright: The view through a bus window, 7 September 2006

Great British Bus Journeys: Travels through Unfamous Places 
by David McKie.
Atlantic, 359 pp., £16.99, March 2006, 1 84354 132 7
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... in future be preserved under state ownership. Oakham’s Crown Hotel, where Goldring provoked some fox-hunters into a ferocious argument about the death penalty, is now gone. Not so the railway station which, with its level crossing and dag-edged canopy, might belong in a watercolour painted by Edward Ardizzone for Graham Greene’s children’s story The ...

The Lady in the Van

Alan Bennett, 26 October 1989

... than last week’s effort, an Afrika Korps cap from Lawrence Corner: Miss Shepherd – Desert Fox. September 1979 Miss S. shows me a photograph she has taken of herself in a cubicle at Waterloo. She is very low in the frame, her mouth pulled down the photo looking as if it has been taken after death. She is very pleased with it. ‘I don’t take a good ...

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