The North will rise again

30 06 2007

Pies and Prejudice by Stuart Maconie

From the blurb:

‘My name is Stuart Maconie, and I am from the North Of England.’ A northerner in exile, stateless and confused, hearing rumours of Harvey Nichols in Leeds and Maseratis in Wilmslow, Stuart goes in search of The North. Delving into his own past, it is a riotously funny journey in search of where the cliches end and the truth begins. He travels from Wigan Pier to Blackpool Tower, the Bigg Market in Newcastle to the daffodil-laden Lake District in search of his own Northern Soul, encountering along the way an exotic cast of Scousers, Scallies, pie-eating Woolly-backs, topless Geordies, mad-for-it Mancs, Yorkshire nationalists and brothers in southern exile.

Good title, unpromising summary. It is actually pretty good fun in an effortless, slightly throwaway kind of way. Very much in the Bryson observational mode but no worse for that.

Just pleasant, innocent niceness. Good one!

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3 star

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