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True North: In Praise of England's Better Half
Abysmal weather, slag heaps, funny accents, the bleak uplands of a landscape carved out of millstone grit and townscape of abandoned mills and shipyards, the detritus of an industrial revolution past its sell-by date. That, anyway, is the myth, the foundation for the dismissive gibe that nothing north of Watford is worth a bag of chips. This and other myths are swiftly dis ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Random House UK
(first published 2009)
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A disappointing read about my favourite part of the world, the North of England. Wainwright is suitably effusive about the part of England that feels ignored by the capital and those southern folk, but the unremitting positive spirit about everything to do with the north, crammed into 290 pages with lots of photographs just becomes rather wearing. There is no light and shade, no construction of how the North became what it is or why, no coherent narrative, even with the 8 chapters, none really h ...more
Don't know what I expected really, got it on sale and recently got round to reading it. Bit thin on the ground in places, though got some useful things learnt. Wanted a bibliography. Photos a bit random and uninspiring. Wouldn't bother with it if you're looking for something comprehensive.
Not sure the Jeremiah 25:9 epigraph before the epilogue is quite accurate in the theological context but I did enjoy this homage to the North. Written from a position further left to my usual diet I think when someone is passionate enough a general subject the political spin becomes less important. More emphasis on the history of the area would have been good but I don't think Wainwright ever set up with an all encompassing survey in mind.