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The Choristers of The Temple Church, at Angmering, Surrey, 1926.
Ernest Lough, Ronald Mallett (2nd and 3rd from left) and E.V. Bartlett (3rd from right)

The Better Land
- in Search of the Lost Boy Sopranos
by Stephen R. Beet,

with a Foreword by Peter Purves

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If you enjoyed Amphion's Better Land CD's, then you'll love Stephen R. Beet's new book on the lives and times of the boys whose voices soared again into the vaulted ceilings of memory.

The Better Land - in Search of the Lost Boy Sopranos features much newly-discovered material, telling the often very human stories of the boys behind the voices, at the height of their singing careers and in their later lives. The book is copiously illustrated with many previously-unpublished photographs and manuscript samples, and carries a Foreword by Peter Purves.

As well as chapters on Iwan Davies, Derek Barsham, and Denis Wright, amongst others there are also chapters under the following headings: The Temple Boys, The Manchester Boys, The Music Hall Boys, The Fleeting Boys, and The Broadcast Boys.

Ordering Information:

Mr. Beet has established prices for visitors to this website as follows:

United Kingdom £10 sterling plus £1 postage
Europe 14.50 plus 4.50 postage
United States $18 US plus $7 postage

(For prices in other currencies please contact

Mr. Beet can accept cheques or PayPal for payment.

Cheques may be mailed to:

Stephen Beet
Le Bourg,

Visitors are requested to quote this special price when ordering.


"Rectory Press and Stephen R. Beet wish to make it known that they are not granting any individual, institution or organization any rights, (exclusive or otherwise) to market Stephen's book, "The Better Land".  The book (and the CD series) may be ordered as usual from this web-site and the usual sources, in all of whom we have the utmost confidence."

Edward Power (Publisher) and Stephen R. Beet

Copyright © 2005 Stephen R. Beet


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