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Michael Powell's Canterbury Tales
Setting the Scene for a Classic Wartime Movie

By Paul Tritton

A New Edition is available from May 2010

"There is no land like the land of your childhood"
Michael Powell - A Life in Movies

(William Heinemann 1986, Faber and Faber 2000)

Just launched is a sequel to

A Canterbury Tale
Memories of a Classic Wartime Movie

Michael Powell's
Canterbury Tales

Setting the Scene for a Classic Wartime Movie

UK Postage £6.50 Overseas £14.50.
Packaged in strong book box

Hardback with dustjacket
140 pages A4
Over 300 photographs
High quality digital print

Michael Powell's boyhood in Canterbury spanned the last years of the Edwardian era and the First World War. The medieval city he grew up in had barely changed for many centuries, despite having been knocked about a bit during the Reformation and the English Civil War.

This book draws on his memories of his life in Canterbury and contains over 300 photographs. These include snapshots from the Powell family album, scenes from Edwardian life, and archive and recent pictures of places that were familiar to young Michael when he explored Canterbury, nearby villages and resorts.

These experiences, the everyday sights and sounds of those days - and the arrival in the Canterbury countryside of soldiers destined to be sent overseas to fight in a world war - inspired Michael many years later, when he sought a background for his classic wartime movie A Canterbury Tale.
How to order
Payment can be made by cheque (made payable to Parkers) to the address below or by credit card, via Paypal (send us an email to

Books on Demand

The Granary · Dane John Works
Gordon Road · Canterbury · Kent CT1 3PP
(01227) 766555

Parkers, the printers, have had to shut up shop
so these books are no longer available

They may still be found on the second hand market.

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