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Henry Normal’s Big Break

August 25, 2022 Comments Off on Henry Normal’s Big Break

I’ve broken my arm. Not a great career move.

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Manc Noir: Author David Nolan explains how anger inspired his latest book

August 5, 2022 Comments Off on Manc Noir: Author David Nolan explains how anger inspired his latest book

Back in 2018, David Nolan took an unscheduled detour from his successful career as a journalist and music biographer to write his first novel, Black Moss. A dark crime tale set around Manchester and Oldham in 1990 during the Strangeways riots, it channelled many of Nolan’s fears and preoccupations into a new sub-genre he himself dubbed ‘Manc Noir’.

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Book Review: Waiting For The Gift, Edited by Richard V. Hirst

August 2, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Waiting For The Gift, Edited by Richard V. Hirst

For the bookish, the similarities are self-evident. If the short story is the literary equivalent of a pop song, crafted for brevity and immediacy, then the themed anthology is like an LP record, affording the space for both the instantly captivating and more experimental work.

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Less Ginsberg, more Battenberg: Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

July 25, 2022 Comments Off on Less Ginsberg, more Battenberg: Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

I was checking my latest book was available online to pre-order recently when something caught my eye. Each book on Amazon has a ranking in terms of its sales.

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Lessons on debutism and the ‘difficult’ second novel

July 10, 2022 Comments Off on Lessons on debutism and the ‘difficult’ second novel

“It took 17 years from typing the first word of the first manuscript to finally being published.”

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Book Review: Red Valkyries by Kristen Ghodsee

July 10, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Red Valkyries by Kristen Ghodsee

The Left needs a new language.

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Book Review: Fauna by David Hartley

July 10, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Fauna by David Hartley

It’s easy to recall the precise moment when I became a vegetarian.

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Northern Soul’s Right Good Reads

Book Club: Northern Soul’s Right Good Reads

June 23, 2022 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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“Libraries are hanging on by their fingernails.” Author Patrick Gale talks to Northern Soul

June 15, 2022 Comments Off on “Libraries are hanging on by their fingernails.” Author Patrick Gale talks to Northern Soul

The novelist Patrick Gale knows how to write an opening line.

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Book Review: A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers

June 14, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers

“You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.”

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