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Adventures in VHS

Adventures in VHS: a love affair with the video

May 24, 2016 Comments Off on Adventures in VHS: a love affair with the video

Recently, the BBC Store, the Corporation’s portal for buying legal TV downloads, announced a bold new initiative: for every digital purchase made, customers would receive a VHS copy of the programme delivered straight to their door.

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Brix Smith Start - Credit Amelia Troubridge

Review: The Rise, the Fall and the Rise by Brix Smith Start

May 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Rise, the Fall and the Rise by Brix Smith Start

When Brix Smith first arrived in Manchester back in May 1983, she experienced an almighty culture shock.

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Nick Quantrill

Five Places in Hull

April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Five Places in Hull

Crime author Nick Quantrill writes for Northern Soul about his new novel and the star of his book: Hull.

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Alexei Sayle, credit John Falzon

Alexei Sayle talks to Northern Soul

March 10, 2016 Comments Off on Alexei Sayle talks to Northern Soul

There’s a moment in Thatcher Stole My Trousers – Alexei Sayle’s new volume of memoirs covering his ascent to comedy stardom – in which he finally gets to pass through the doors of London’s Capital Radio for the first time.

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Beastings

The Desire to Write: Northern Soul talks to author Ben Myers

February 23, 2016 Comments Off on The Desire to Write: Northern Soul talks to author Ben Myers

It’s not easy being an independent publisher. Just ask any anyone in the industry about the long hours devoted to promotion and the number of rejections.

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The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Costa winner Andrew Michael Hurley talks to Northern Soul

February 2, 2016 Comments Off on Costa winner Andrew Michael Hurley talks to Northern Soul

It isn’t easy to get a novel published, let alone read by the public. But when it finally happened for Lancashire-based writer Andrew Michael Hurley, it was well worth the wait.

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Bury FC

The Forgotten Fifteen: Bury FC and football’s worst year

January 31, 2016 Comments Off on The Forgotten Fifteen: Bury FC and football’s worst year

James Bentley is a lifelong fan of Bury Football Club. Now he’s published a book about the team’s extraordinary 1984/85 season and the state of British football in the 1980s. He writes for Northern Soul about how it all came about.

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Chetham's Library

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2015

December 24, 2015 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2015

At Northern Soul, we’ve done a lot of reading in 2015. Some of these books have been new publications, some have been titles sitting in our houses begging to be read, and some have been classics languishing on our wishlists.

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Holly & Badger

Photo Gallery: Pub Dogs of Manchester

December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Pub Dogs of Manchester

Wondering what to get that dog-loving Mancunian in your life for Christmas? Well, look no further than photographer Georgie Glass‘s new book, Pub Dogs of Manchester. It’s a lovely book and us folks at Northern Soul think it’s a brilliant idea.

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Cathy Rentzenbrink and her brother Matty

The Last Act of Love

November 19, 2015 Comments Off on The Last Act of Love

“We read to know we’re not alone.” If, like me, you sat in a darkened cinema in the early 1990s watching Shadowlands, all the while trying to stifle unrelenting tears, then you may remember this line.

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