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Last and First Men

Last and First Men: a pioneering work of science fiction

March 11, 2014 Comments Off on Last and First Men: a pioneering work of science fiction

There are few books as original and daring as Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men.

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Becoming Johnny Vegas – Mike Pennington’s autobiography

March 8, 2014 Comments Off on Becoming Johnny Vegas – Mike Pennington’s autobiography

I first spoke to Mike Pennington over the phone on my first day as comedy editor at Manchester’s late, lamented what’s on guide, CityLife.

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SHIT HAPPENS: Jeremy Kyle meets The Thorn Birds

February 25, 2014 Comments Off on SHIT HAPPENS: Jeremy Kyle meets The Thorn Birds

Eileen Wharton, a novelist from County Durham, says that you don’t have to be posh to be published. 

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Byker Books: The Best of British

January 20, 2014 Comments Off on Byker Books: The Best of British

When you hear the phrase ‘Best of British’ what does it make you think?

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The Father of Dystopia: R H Benson and The Lord of the World

January 16, 2014 Comments Off on The Father of Dystopia: R H Benson and The Lord of the World

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Hugh Benson at the tragically early age of 43.

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Byker Books (and not a sniff of PJ & Duncan)

December 17, 2013 Comments Off on Byker Books (and not a sniff of PJ & Duncan)

Way back in the mists of time, before e-readers were invented and everyone with a blog was a ‘publisher’, a group of people from the North East of England who weren’t that enthralled by reading the memoirs of some ‘reality show’ nonentity came together…in a pub.

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Bigmouth Strikes Again

October 29, 2013 Comments Off on Bigmouth Strikes Again

Rejoice! A leading British publisher has brought us a book by a member of a great modern British band, someone who can write skilful, balanced prose which demonstrates an encyclopedic knowledge of his chosen field of home-grown pop, particularly the pre-Beatles era.

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The Manchester Man

The Manchester Man

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on The Manchester Man

There’s a street in the heart of Manchester called ‘Scotland’. Just ‘Scotland’. Not Scotland Road, Scotland Street or Scotland Avenue. Where are you going? Oh, I’m going to Scotland, it’s right next to the River Irk and not far from Victoria Station.

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Poetry and Scones at The Midland

October 13, 2013 Comments Off on Poetry and Scones at The Midland

Among the plethora of festivals that Manchester now hosts and boasts, the Literature Festival is neither as loud as the International Festival nor as beery as the Food and Drink Festival. It does not possess the quiet cool of the Jazz Festival or the bloody horror of Grim Up North. What it does possess is the grace and grandeur that only writers can provide.

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Scandi Crime Fiction Comes To Manchester

September 16, 2013 Comments Off on Scandi Crime Fiction Comes To Manchester

Jo Nesbø strides into a packed Manchester Town Hall Banqueting room looking as cool as the Johnny Cash of crime writing.

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