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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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Young Adult fiction at Manchester Children’s Book Festival

July 12, 2017 Comments Off on Young Adult fiction at Manchester Children’s Book Festival

Young Adult fiction has experienced a surge in sales and popularity in recent years.

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John Hegley

Northern Soul chats to John Hegley about poeting, the Peel Sessions and performance

July 3, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to John Hegley about poeting, the Peel Sessions and performance

Upon commencing an interview with beloved poet and performer John Hegley, Northern Soul apologises profusely for being a couple of minutes late.

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Review: Arundhati Roy, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

June 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Arundhati Roy, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As an undergraduate at Manchester Metropolitan University (many moons ago) I opted for the intriguingly titled Modern Gothic module. It was here that I stumbled across 1997 Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, the story of twins Rahel and Estha growing up in the politically turbulent state of Kerala in the 1960s.

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Laura Wilkinson

Northern Soul talks to author Laura Wilkinson about Hulme, modern art and how beauty is more than Skin Deep

May 17, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to author Laura Wilkinson about Hulme, modern art and how beauty is more than Skin Deep

I’m fascinated by ideals of beauty. Just scroll through Instagram and you’ll find people air-brushed to within an inch of their life.

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The book that changed my life: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

April 21, 2017 Comments Off on The book that changed my life: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I read the book that changed my life, the one I can’t stop telling people about, last year.

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The Hate U Give, Walker Books UK

The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas in conversation with Khalil West, Manchester

April 17, 2017 Comments Off on The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas in conversation with Khalil West, Manchester

At 31, I read more Young Adult fiction than texts written for grown-ups. There’s just something about the willingness to go further with the big stuff that appeals.

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

March 21, 2017 Comments Off on Feline good: Northern Soul chats to A Street Cat Named Bob

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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