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John Rylands Library by Chris Payne

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2017

December 21, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2017

Despite our hopes that 2017 would be a marked improvement on the turbulent 2016, this year came with more bumps, twists and turns than the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. But, as usual, it was an excellent year for bookworms and the good reads kept on coming. 

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CLAIRE Tomalin BY MICHAEL

“However unhappy you are, you can always escape into a book.” Claire Tomalin talks to Northern Soul

November 20, 2017 Comments Off on “However unhappy you are, you can always escape into a book.” Claire Tomalin talks to Northern Soul

The last time I saw Claire Tomalin in Manchester she was battling some sort of rave act in order to be heard.

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Preti Taneja by Rory O'Bryen

“You grow up surrounded by people who look and think and speak in two languages.” Author Preti Taneja talks to Northern Soul

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on “You grow up surrounded by people who look and think and speak in two languages.” Author Preti Taneja talks to Northern Soul

King Lear strikes fear into the heart of me.

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Rosie Wilby

Is Monogamy Dead? Northern Soul chats to author and comedian, Rosie Wilby

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on Is Monogamy Dead? Northern Soul chats to author and comedian, Rosie Wilby

“Lots of people have told me that it resonates with them, gay or straight,” says Rosie Wilby

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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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Not From Around There: finding a place in historical fiction

April 19, 2017 Comments Off on Not From Around There: finding a place in historical fiction

My debut novel, The Witchfinder’s Sister, is set in Essex. Which, it’s fair to say, is not The North.

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Ann Cleeves

Vera, Shetland and the North: Ann Cleeves talks to Northern Soul

October 29, 2016 Comments Off on Vera, Shetland and the North: Ann Cleeves talks to Northern Soul

“She’s driving from her home towards Newcastle but that’s the Holy Island causeway and that clearly isn’t right.”

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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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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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Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley talks to Northern Soul

October 24, 2015 Comments Off on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley talks to Northern Soul

The telephone purrs ominously in my hand. I swirl the last dregs of lukewarm coffee at the bottom of the cup while sitting cross-legged on my desk chair, and stare at the pile of press releases and hand-written notes in scratchy blue biro on my desk.

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