Birth and Early Life
Born in Birmingham, he moved to Suffolk just before the closure of the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway branch line from Haughley to Laxfield and it was this that is said to have inspired the novel Love on a Branch Line.
After leaving school Hadfield worked as an editor at the publishing firm J. M. Dent in London. During the Second World War he was a Book Officer for the British Council and formed a unit translating books into Arabic. After the war he founded the Cupid Press, which specialised in limited-edition anthologies of verse. In 1957 he published A Book of Britain, an anthology of words and pictures covering 500 years of art, articles and poems celebrating the best of British culture.
John died on October 10, 1999 at the age of 92
- Hawtree, Christopher (26 November 1999). "John Hadfield" – via www.theguardian.com.
- "John Hadfield, 92, Whose Book on British Life Became a TV Series". 8 November 1999 – via NYTimes.com.
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