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Pies and Prejudice: In search of the North As this guy is a pop music critic I guess it s understandable he would go on a bit about bands and he does focus perhaps a little too much on this But hey other than that it s pretty well full of truisms I admired the absence of bias between counties of Yorkshire and that other one you know that one Who would have thought someone from t wrong side of t pennines would be a Leeds United fan By heck lad.Descriptions of the mill towns were true and evocative and he tells it reight about t bloody Tories an all Great book for quoting to any relatives you might have living down south, bless them. Let s get the basics out of the way, I love Stuart Maconie s writing and I m half northern myself Mum from Lancashire, Dad from Kent and I know he s put the word Prejudice in the title, as if to allay criticism but it s not enough, so I think I ve got some insight into the issues here Stuart Maconie s writing and broadcasting are marked with a genuine warmth and appreciation of diversity, be it music, writers or towns His book Hope And Glory should be a set text in all British schools, such is its comprehensive and contextual view of British history Pies and Prejudice by contrast can be disappointingly petty and unnecessarily snarky about, well, anywhere that isn t Wigan It s a misnomer to say the book is about the North when so much of it is concentrated on Manchester and its surrounding towns It may be too much to expect a Lancastrian to gush too much about Yorkshire but it s a hell of a large county to dismiss as a mire of miserliness and introverted thinking but Northumbria is virtually limited to a discussion about Newcastle s hellish nightlife and the bridges over the Tyne Cumbria is only defined by the pleasures of walking in the national park or the bleak horrors of its west coast towns.Amazingly, the north s relationship to Scotland is barely discernible, such is Maconie s bias against all things south London he fails to recognize that the residents of Carlisle, for example, are far effected culturally and economically by Glasgow and Edinburgh than they ever are by London.Indeed, the constant melding of the whole of southern Britain with London, as if they were one and the same, is both lazy and grossly untrue His view of the capital is again, rather one dimensional it s not all like Kensington and Islington and I think the residents of Redruth, Wisbech and Solihull feel just as disenfranchised from London as do the people of Huddersfield, Wigton and Wearmouth.If he d called something like My North then the whole book would be a lot comfortable to read, but calling it In Search Of The North and then only bothering with a few pubs in a few towns does a great disservice to half of the country. This was our monthly book club choice I was quite excited when I started reading it, we score the books we read out of ten and thought I was heading for a 9 but then it all went down hill fast It was so well written and funny to start with and then it became just a list of facts and I was so bored I gave up after 3 very long chapters I am only going to give it a 3 at our next meeting A Northerner in exile, Stuart Maconie goes on a journey in search of the North, attempting to discover where the clich s end and the truth begins He travels from Wigan Pier to Blackpool Tower and Newcastle s Bigg Market to the Lake District to find his own Northern Soul, encountering along the way an exotic cast of chippy Scousers, pie eating woollybacks, topless Geordies, mad for it Mancs, Yorkshire nationalists and brothers in southern exile.The bestselling Pies and Prejudice is a hugely enjoyable journey around the north of England.

  • Audio CD
  • Pies and Prejudice: In search of the North
  • Stuart Maconie
  • 19 March 2019
  • 0091910234