Northern Soul

Author: Alfred Searls

La Vina

Review: La Viña, Deansgate, Manchester

November 30, 2017 No Comments

Firstly, full disclosure. I’m not one of life’s natural tapas fans.

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Penguin

Book Review: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Book Review: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the fourth 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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Uncle Vanya production pic 10 (5654) - credit Jonathan Keenan

Review: Uncle Vanya, HOME, Manchester

November 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Uncle Vanya, HOME, Manchester

You dream of this kind of night at the theatre, the kind of night where the magical formula of script, staging and performance puts you through the emotional mangle before imprinting itself forever upon your memory.

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Sir Mark close up with the Halle in background.

Music instead of muddle: The Hallé and Shostakovich Symphony No.4, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Music instead of muddle: The Hallé and Shostakovich Symphony No.4, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Somehow, the Hallé Orchestra’s Beyond the Score series slipped under my radar.

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Mark Elder, Halle (credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

A change of season at the Hallé: Stravinsky’s Firebird at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

October 11, 2017 Comments Off on A change of season at the Hallé: Stravinsky’s Firebird at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Manchester in October and memories of summer are fading fast.

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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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