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a warm and humourous read


...Although being hailed as the English Bill Bryson, Stuart Maconie has a distinct advantage over his American literary brother in his search for that mythical realm called Middle England. Whereas Bryson comes at the subject matter as an outsider (yes, he is an Anglicized Yank, but a Yank nonetheless) and seems to revel in being baffled by our quirks and colloquialisms, Maconie embraces them. As...

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“A Memoir Through Music”

published 06/04/2010

Humorous and witty

Ends on a bit of a sour note

...After reading and enjoying "Pies and Prejudice" by Stuart Maconie, I decided to read this earlier book of his, which was trailed in his more recent one. "Cider with Roadies" takes its title from a play on words from one of Maconie's favourite books, Lawrie Lee's "Cider with Rosie", as he states in the introduction to this memoir. For this is a memoir with humour, which follows Maconie's life...

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

A 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...

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