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“I think everyone’s going to say ‘wow’.” Northern Soul chats to bestselling thriller author Lee Child

February 25, 2018 Comments Off on “I think everyone’s going to say ‘wow’.” Northern Soul chats to bestselling thriller author Lee Child

With more than 100 million books sold in more than 100 publishing territories to date, it’s estimated that a Jack Reacher thriller is bought somewhere in the world every nine seconds.

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Wibbly Wobbly Words

Wibbly Wobbly Words: a father and son collaboration

February 9, 2018 Comments Off on Wibbly Wobbly Words: a father and son collaboration

Around 18 months ago, I was fulfilling my primary role as a parent: minicab driver.

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Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy Maclean

Book Review: Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy Maclean

February 3, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy Maclean

Last year marked the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the fifth 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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Book Review: Why Vinyl Matters by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

January 29, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Why Vinyl Matters by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

As an enthusiastic crate digger, I thought I didn’t need to be told why vinyl matters.

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Anthony Burgess Foundation

Review: The Mechanics’ Institute Review, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

January 16, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Mechanics’ Institute Review, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

It’s a bit like Top Of The Pops.

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Bettany Hughes © Channel 5

“It’s an unequal world.” Bettany Hughes on women in history, gender, and her love affair with Istanbul

January 4, 2018 Comments Off on “It’s an unequal world.” Bettany Hughes on women in history, gender, and her love affair with Istanbul

“When I first went into the BBC a producer said, ‘nobody wants to be lectured at by a woman’.”

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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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Ghost Stories, M.R James, The Folio Society

Book Review: Ghost Stories, M.R. James

December 9, 2017 Comments Off on Book Review: Ghost Stories, M.R. James

It’s stating the obvious, when reading something written over a century ago, to say that it sounds a bit outdated for the modern day.

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Ali Smith

Review: Jackie Kay and Ali Smith, Manchester Literature Festival

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Jackie Kay and Ali Smith, Manchester Literature Festival

I can’t think of a better twosome to round off this year’s Manchester Literature Festival than Jackie Kay and Ali Smith.

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Kelly Michele Walsh

The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences: Northern Soul talks to writer Kelly Michelle Walsh

November 30, 2017 Comments Off on The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences: Northern Soul talks to writer Kelly Michelle Walsh

It’s no exaggeration to say that Bolton-born Kelly Michelle Walsh is a veritable ray of sunshine on a grey and grim wet day.

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