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Feline good: Northern Soul chats to A Street Cat Named Bob

March 21, 2017 No Comments

When celebrities attain a certain level of fame, they are known for demanding outrageous ‘riders’.

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John Rylands Library by Chris Payne

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2016

January 13, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2016

There’s little doubt that 2016 was tumultuous, what with Brexit, Trump and the passing of all those lovely celebs. But it was also a cracking year for literature. 

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Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire

July 30, 2016 Comments Off on Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire

Manchester? Check. Lesbians? Check. Gangsters? Oh, go on then. Reading the blurb of this debut novel by Jules Grant, a former barrister from Manchester, is more than enough to pique my interest.

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Reader, I went to Haworth: following in the footsteps of the Brontës

June 22, 2016 Comments Off on Reader, I went to Haworth: following in the footsteps of the Brontës

I have loved the Brontë sisters since I was a teenage bookworm.

I spent a great deal of my young life swooning over the brooding characters of Heathcliff and Mr Rochester while reading dog-eared copies of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre liberated from the school library.

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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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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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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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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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Where does the historical end and the fictional begin?

November 7, 2015 Comments Off on Where does the historical end and the fictional begin?

Bad historical fiction is rarely hard to spot. Bosoms will heave, troths will be pledged and feisty heroines will deplore the lot of women centuries before the invention of feminism.

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