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Love Letter to the North of England

AdvantagesGreat prose, funny and warm hearted - like your archetypal northerner

DisadvantagesA little smug in places

"Stuart Maconie is well known these days as a DJ on Radio 2 and a "talking head" on many TV shows which involve lists, such as the 100 best love songs or whatever idea Channel 4 has to fill the schedule cheaply on a Saturday night. He used to write for the NME and Q magazine and seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of music and popular culture. He hails from Wigan, a town he describes as hopelessly "hick" and one which seems to instil a great ..." Read review
22.06.2009

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Hit The North

AdvantagesA veritable page-turner of a travelogue

DisadvantagesNothing major

"One does wonder if Stuart Maconie dreams up the titles for his books before he even knows what they'll be about. In his follow up to the my-life-with-music-cum-autobiography "Cider With Roadies" our erstwhile doyen of BBC Radio and music journalism ponders the most important questions of our time; does the North, and Northerners, still exist? And if they do, what the hell actually are they? (Well, they're important questions if, like the author ..." Read review
29.10.2007

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The history, culture and spirit of the North of England

AdvantagesAmusing, well researched

DisadvantagesSkant on the North East, heavy on musical history

"I should open this review by admitting a bias. I love the North of England, and I ordered this book to learn a little more about the history of the settlements and the culture. The writer clearly also loves the North, although I did find myself chuckling along with his comments on sceptics from the 'Great North' who would disagree with his chosen starting points (Crewe, Manchester, these places are surely the midlands!). He approaches each settlement ..." Read review
20.10.2009

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