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Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2021

December 17, 2021 Comments Off on Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2021

As we approach the end of 2021, we’re looking back on the things that have brought us immense comfort during another turbulent year.

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Joe and Dusty Save the World

“Kindness should be everyone’s highest aspiration.” Robert Martin, Joe and Dusty Save the World

December 6, 2021 Comments Off on “Kindness should be everyone’s highest aspiration.” Robert Martin, Joe and Dusty Save the World

A few days ago, 25 boxes arrived at my house containing 1,000 copies of my book, Joe and Dusty Save the World.

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Why Karen Carpenter Matters by Karen Tongson

Book Review: Why Karen Carpenter Matters by Karen Tongson

November 22, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Why Karen Carpenter Matters by Karen Tongson

I always thought that there was something of the goth about Karen Carpenter.

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Daring to Hope - A Memoir of the 1970’s by Sheila Rowbotham

Book Review: Daring to Hope – A Memoir of the 1970s by Sheila Rowbotham

November 16, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Daring to Hope – A Memoir of the 1970s by Sheila Rowbotham

Three weeks ago, I became a grandmother to little girl called Emerald Green. I keep saying it’s wonderful but, truthfully, I’ve been unnerved by her.

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Adam Farrer

“Oh, god! I’ve won an award.” Adam Farrer, winner of the NorthBound Book Award 2021 

November 7, 2021 Comments Off on “Oh, god! I’ve won an award.” Adam Farrer, winner of the NorthBound Book Award 2021 

During the writing of my memoir, the question I most often asked myself was “how dare I?”

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The Joy of Small Things

Book Review: The Joy of Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson

November 7, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: The Joy of Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson

Joy feels like it’s been in short supply these past 18 months. What with a global health crisis, food shortages, and the whole world literally and metaphorically being on fire, now more than ever we could all do with a big dose of happiness.

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The House with Two Letter-Boxes by Janet H. Swinney

Book Review: The House with Two Letter-Boxes by Janet H. Swinney

November 4, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: The House with Two Letter-Boxes by Janet H. Swinney

It’s easy to forget how relentlessly the years rack up, especially in the apparent pause of the past 20 months, leaving the shared certainties of what once seemed like the height of modernity to recede with deceptive speed until they finally appear, in the safety of hindsight, as at once quaint and faintly barbaric.

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Book Club: Northern Soul’s Right Good Reads

October 22, 2021 Comments Off on Book Club: Northern Soul’s Right Good Reads

At Northern Soul, we can often be found with our nose buried in a book. As a team, we are notorious bookworms and are passionate about championing all things literary. 

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Winnie-the-Pooh - Once There Was a Bear (The Official 95th Anniversary Prequel)

Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh – Once There Was a Bear (The Official 95th Anniversary Prequel) by Jane Riordan

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh – Once There Was a Bear (The Official 95th Anniversary Prequel) by Jane Riordan

As I write this from my bed, there’s a Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed toy sitting next to me.

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Paul Morley and Julie Campbell (Lonelady) in conversation at Manchester Literature Festival 2021 Photo courtesy Manchester Literature Festival:Gareth Lowe _3

Review: Paul Morley in conversation with LoneLady, Manchester Literature Festival, HOME, Manchester

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Paul Morley in conversation with LoneLady, Manchester Literature Festival, HOME, Manchester

There’s no denying that there’s an air of anticipation around this, on more than one level.

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