We think of the North of England as a rugged, bleak, and hardworking place, built on the sweat of the workers in factories, mines, and mills. But at the end of the working day the Northerner is finally free to pursue his or her own desires, be that healthy, bawdy, or bizarre. The south of England is a daytime place, with afternoon tea and croquet on the lawn, but the night belongs to the North. Working hard and playing hard—or so the cliché goes—is its specialty, and Stuart Maconie is in search of what, exactly, this entails and what their choice of leisure pursuits tells us about the people that are proud to call themselves Northerners. Following tip offs and rumor, Stuart finds himself in forgotten corners and locals’ haunts. From "the second best chippie in the north," to the terraces of FC United, via nightclubs in Liverpool and the Otley Council chamber, this the new and old north from the political to the comical, by way of music, art, sport, and religion. This could be seen as a companion to the bestselling Pies and Prejudice, but it is not a sequel. After all, this is a new decade, and the north is changing faster than ever. Beginning in the depths of winter, and culminating in high summer, this is a revealing and digressive journey through the northern night and a State of the North address, delivered from barstool, terrace, pew, and hillside.
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Stuart Maconie is a writer, broadcaster, and journalist familiar to millions from his work in print, on radio, and on TV. His previous bestsellers include Adventures on the High Teas, Cider with Roadies, and Pies and Prejudice.Review:
"Maconie's enjoyment ... is obvious, and he makes it just as enjoyable for his readers" Daily Mail "Maconie's engaging, conversational prose is full of telling detail, jokes and deft quotation ... [he has a] rare ability to convey the sense of people having a really good time'" Telegraph
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Book Description Ebury, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 343 pages. 9.25x6.25x1.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0091933811
Book Description Ebury Press, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110091933811