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Chris Nickson

“The place is in my soul.” Crime author Chris Nickson talks to Northern Soul

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on “The place is in my soul.” Crime author Chris Nickson talks to Northern Soul

Thankfully, there does seem to be one vital element of life that this blasted COVID-19 can’t completely disrupt and that’s books and all things bookish.

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Books: Best Northern Reads (Part Two)

April 9, 2020 Comments Off on Books: Best Northern Reads (Part Two)

Where would we be right now without books? For all my enthusiasm to gobble up the latest series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine or bingewatch The Tiger King (if you haven’t given into the hype, then do so immediately), the only thing that quells my internal anxiety and settles my soul is reading. There’s something reassuring about the weight of a book in my hands and the steady back-and-forth of lines on the page. When we’re feeling clipped and stifled, books allow us to fly.

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Books: Best Northern Reads (Part One)

April 7, 2020 Comments Off on Books: Best Northern Reads (Part One)

Where would we be right now without books? For all my enthusiasm to gobble up the latest series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine or bingewatch The Tiger King (if you haven’t given into the hype, then do so immediately), the only thing that quells my internal anxiety and settles my soul is reading. There’s something reassuring about the weight of a book in my hands and the steady back-and-forth of lines on the page. When we’re feeling clipped and stifled, books allow us to fly.

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Book Review: The Silence of Dogs in Cars by Martin Usborne

March 7, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: The Silence of Dogs in Cars by Martin Usborne

I am a dog fanatic.

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Book Review: Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

March 5, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

The outside world is starting to feel increasingly like the beginning of a dystopian movie, what with the threat of a Coronavirus epidemic causing people to panic buy loo roll and don plastic boxes and carrier bags as makeshift hazmat masks.

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Review: Eimear McBride, Martin Harris Centre, Manchester

February 27, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Eimear McBride, Martin Harris Centre, Manchester

The novels of Eimear McBride, you might say, begin where she once was – enduring the loss of a brother to a brain tumour, studying drama in London.

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Melting Point by Baret Magarian

Book Review: Melting Point by Baret Magarian

February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Melting Point by Baret Magarian

In the normal course of things, the brevity of the short story can ensure that even the most elegant of constructions, the most cathartic of conclusions, can fade from the memory.

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“It’s important to talk about northern voices.” Portico Prize-winning author Jessica Andrews on class, gender and the north

February 17, 2020 Comments Off on “It’s important to talk about northern voices.” Portico Prize-winning author Jessica Andrews on class, gender and the north

I’ve long been fascinated with The Portico Library, which sits above the mildly rowdy Old Bank pub on Manchester’s Mosley Street.

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Book Review: The Book of Sheffield

February 10, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: The Book of Sheffield

Twenty-five years ago, Sheffield was mine.

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Book Review: The Quarry by Ben Halls

February 7, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: The Quarry by Ben Halls

Toxic masculinity has become a bit of a buzzword in recent months.

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