(poetry) "Collected Poems". New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. ISBN 0374126534
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Sir John Betjeman
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Shortly before his death, when he was wheelchair-bound following a heart-attack and a stroke, and suffering from Parkinson's, he was asked whether he had any regrets about his life - what he had done or hadn't done. "I haven't had enough sex," he replied. And on his writing, he said "I like writing poetry. But I'm not certain that it's any good. I only hope to heaven it is. Time will tell."
He separated from his wife Penelope, after she converted to Roman Catholicism in the 1950s. They remained devoted to one another but found that they could no longer tolerate living together. They never divorced. She continued to live at the family home in Wantage, Oxfordshire, while he moved to Chelsea, London, and spent much of his time at his second home in Trebetherick, Cornwall, often ...