It is 75 years since J.B. Priestley’s “English Journey”, in which Priestley surveyed his country and wrote about the three Englands of rural tradition, postindustrial depression, and the mass media future. It is one of his very best and most enduring books, and this July is being republished by Great Northern. The new edition includes illustrations from the J.B. Priestley Archive and an article by Alison Cullingford highlighting the media campaign to promote the original publication in 1934.
Press coverage of the new edition:
In his article in the Observer 5 July Sarfraz Manzoor visits Bradford to reflect on changing ideas about Englishness since Priestley’s Journey. He visited Special Collections as part of his research, and spoke to ourselves and our colleagues about Priestley.
Review by Anthony Holden in the Daily Telegraph, which summarises the book and its appeal: “what blazes through this book with Priestley’s trademark sincerity is his driving sense of social justice”.