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The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

Book Review: The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

October 17, 2018 No Comments

I’m increasingly drawn to stories set in the places I know well.

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Book review: Irreplaceable – A History of England in 100 Places by Philip Wilkinson

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on Book review: Irreplaceable – A History of England in 100 Places by Philip Wilkinson

Historic England’s new book of ‘irreplaceable’ places in England locates a decent proportion of them in the North.

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Ariel Kahn, Raising Sparks

Book Review: Raising Sparks by Ariel Kahn

September 30, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Raising Sparks by Ariel Kahn

Ariel Kahn’s Raising Sparks is a paean to Israel and to the esoteric teachings of Kabbalah.

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Hometown Tales Lancashire, Jenn Ashworth and Benjamin Webster

Book Review – Hometown Tales: Lancashire by Jenn Ashworth and Benjamin Webster

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review – Hometown Tales: Lancashire by Jenn Ashworth and Benjamin Webster

Like Dial-a-Disc or foil disposable ashtrays in takeaways, the cinema double bill has receded into the lint of a barely conceivable past yet to be reappropriated by the stylists of today’s lazy nostalgia.

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Naomi Kruger

“We have to find more hopeful ways to represent dementia.” Naomi Krüger talks to Northern Soul about her debut novel, May

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on “We have to find more hopeful ways to represent dementia.” Naomi Krüger talks to Northern Soul about her debut novel, May

Having lost two close family members to dementia, I am interested in portrayals of this dreadful illness in literature but have often been disappointed by its presentation.

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Empires of Clay by Becky Cherriman and All the Time in the World by Rebecca Gethin

Poetry: Empires of Clay by Becky Cherriman; All the Time in the World by Rebecca Gethin

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on Poetry: Empires of Clay by Becky Cherriman; All the Time in the World by Rebecca Gethin

You may not have heard of Cinnamon Press but it is one of those publishers quietly and diligently making a difference in the publishing world.

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Glen James Brown

“Fiction has to reflect the experiences of everybody.” Author Glen James Brown talks to Northern Soul

August 11, 2018 Comments Off on “Fiction has to reflect the experiences of everybody.” Author Glen James Brown talks to Northern Soul

There must be something in the air because Northern writers are churning out fascinating fiction at a rate of knots.

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Non Pratt

“I write for my 14-year-old self and I think I always will.” YA author Non Pratt talks to Northern Soul

July 24, 2018 Comments Off on “I write for my 14-year-old self and I think I always will.” YA author Non Pratt talks to Northern Soul

Something about Non Pratt’s writing reels me in. She’s hilarious, yes, but it’s her ability to completely understand the teens she writes about that really interests me. 

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Book Review: Emily Brontë Reappraised by Claire O’Callaghan

July 16, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Emily Brontë Reappraised by Claire O’Callaghan

Emily, the elusive Brontë sister, is often portrayed as reclusive, difficult, perhaps even slightly unhinged.

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Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

Book Review: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

I have the propensity to be anxious about most things – electrical goods, being late, saying no, upsetting people, gas hobs, plug sockets, disease, forgetting things – so a book titled Notes on a Nervous Planet calls to me like a gin & tonic on a hot day. 

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