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Author: Alfred Searls

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Book Review: Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

August 1, 2017 Comments Off on Book Review: Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the third of a series of articles for Northern Soul, Alfred Searls explores how 1917 – and the Soviet society which developed in its shadow – has been portrayed by writers since that momentous year of revolution.

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Book Review: The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Book Review: The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the second of a series of articles for Northern Soul, Alfred Searls explores how 1917 – and the Soviet society which developed in its shadow – has been portrayed by writers since that momentous year of revolution.

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Ascent by Jed Mercurio

Book review: Ascent by Jed Mercurio

April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Book review: Ascent by Jed Mercurio

Now and again you come across a novel so closely published to your own specifications that you strongly suspect the publishers have secretly focus-grouped you to within an inch of your life, and then wiped all memory of it from your mind.

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Red Star Over Russia

Review: Red Star Over Russia by David King

April 17, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Red Star Over Russia by David King

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the first of a new series of articles for Northern Soul, Alfred Searls explores how 1917 – and the Soviet society which developed in its shadow – has been portrayed by writers since that momentous year of revolution. 

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The book that changed my life: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on The book that changed my life: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s landmark 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is not a book about censorship.

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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller

Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

June 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

That Walter M. Miller had a unique perspective on monastic life is hardly surprising given he gained it one bright February morning in 1944 from the rear gun turret of a B-25 bomber.

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Review: Martyrdom in Manchester – the Hallé, Bridgewater Hall

June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Martyrdom in Manchester – the Hallé, Bridgewater Hall

On the evening when Manchester United was fighting for the FA Cup down in London, back in Manchester a different season was also drawing to a dramatic close.

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Interview: Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat

May 13, 2016 2 Comments

It is a matter of general agreement that, in today’s world, instant fame is too often accorded to the talentless and undeserving – the ‘stars’ of reality television, the one hit wonders of social media, and the disgraced minor public figures determined to turn their shaming into a successful career.

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Sir Mark Elder with the Halle in background.

Death in Manchester: a sublime evening with the Hallé Orchestra

February 15, 2016 Comments Off on Death in Manchester: a sublime evening with the Hallé Orchestra

Mortality might be considered a brave choice as a theme for an evening at the symphony, but Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra has always taken risks.

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Review: The Oresteia, HOME, Manchester

November 5, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Oresteia, HOME, Manchester

Staging any of the theatre’s most enduring classics is an exercise fraught with danger, and few works are quite like The Oresteia. But in this violent and visionary re-telling of Aeschylus’s great masterpiece, HOME in Manchester has certainly lived up to the challenge.

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