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Book Review: The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Book Review: The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the second 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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Ascent by Jed Mercurio

Book review: Ascent by Jed Mercurio

April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Book review: Ascent by Jed Mercurio

Now and again you come across a novel so closely published to your own specifications that you strongly suspect the publishers have secretly focus-grouped you to within an inch of your life, and then wiped all memory of it from your mind.

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From a Dark Place book launch, image by Kerry Hargreaves

Review: From a Dark Place: How a Family Coped with Drug Addiction, Albert Square Chop House, Manchester

February 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: From a Dark Place: How a Family Coped with Drug Addiction, Albert Square Chop House, Manchester

Sitting in the dimly lit bar of Manchester’s Albert Square Chop House – nursing what can only be described as the world’s biggest (and most expensive at £6) gin and tonic – I wait for the launch of From a Dark Place: How A Family Coped with Drug Addiction to begin.

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A Street Cat Named Bob

Northern Soul goes behind the scenes on A Street Cat Named Bob

November 21, 2016 Comments Off on Northern Soul goes behind the scenes on A Street Cat Named Bob

Rider. It’s a much-employed word in celebrity circles. It basically boils down to the star’s requirements, whether that’s in the dressing room, backstage area or on set.

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Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire

July 30, 2016 Comments Off on Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire

Manchester? Check. Lesbians? Check. Gangsters? Oh, go on then. Reading the blurb of this debut novel by Jules Grant, a former barrister from Manchester, is more than enough to pique my interest.

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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller

Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

June 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

That Walter M. Miller had a unique perspective on monastic life is hardly surprising given he gained it one bright February morning in 1944 from the rear gun turret of a B-25 bomber.

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Adventures in VHS

Adventures in VHS: a love affair with the video

May 24, 2016 Comments Off on Adventures in VHS: a love affair with the video

Recently, the BBC Store, the Corporation’s portal for buying legal TV downloads, announced a bold new initiative: for every digital purchase made, customers would receive a VHS copy of the programme delivered straight to their door.

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Alexei Sayle talks to Northern Soul

March 10, 2016 Comments Off on Alexei Sayle talks to Northern Soul

There’s a moment in Thatcher Stole My Trousers – Alexei Sayle’s new volume of memoirs covering his ascent to comedy stardom – in which he finally gets to pass through the doors of London’s Capital Radio for the first time.

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Review: Easily Distracted by Steve Coogan

November 14, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Easily Distracted by Steve Coogan

Back in 2002, when 24 Hour Party People was released, New Order’s Peter Hook described Steve Coogan’s casting as Tony Wilson as ‘the biggest twat in Manchester being played by the second biggest twat in Manchester’. That’s pretty harsh.

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An obsessive Morrissey fan attempts List of the Lost

September 26, 2015 Comments Off on An obsessive Morrissey fan attempts List of the Lost

‘Of course the same thing happened to Keats, you know.’

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