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True North By Martin Wainwright

True North by Martin Wainwright

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Summary

Abysmal weather, slag heaps, funny accents and, the detritus of an industrial revolution well past its sell-by date. These, all too often, are the gloomy perceptions of 'the north'. With an insider's sensitivity and a journalist's enquiring mind, this title dispels these and other myths.

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True North: In Praise of England's Better Half by Martin Wainwright

Abysmal weather, slag heaps, funny accents; the bleak uplands of a landscape carved out of millstone grit; townscapes of abandoned mills and shipyards; and, the detritus of an industrial revolution well past its sell-by date. These, all too often, are the gloomy perceptions of 'the north', the foundations for the belief that northerners spend their lives battling hardship and misery, and that nothing beyond Watford is worth a bag of chips. With an insider's sensitivity and a journalist's enquiring mind, northerner Martin Wainwright swiftly dispels these and other myths. He reaches back through the historical record to uncover where - and how - many of the old cliches arose, and goes on to paint a picture of the north as it is today and has always been: a setting of wild coastline, lakes, and green dales inhabited by indomitably inventive northeners, proud of their past and forging a future of brilliant new enterprises. Lavishly illustrated with over 100 stunning images from the Guardian's archives, Wainwright's incisive and wittily observant assessment of a region that is flourishing socially and culturally leaves us in no doubt that true north is as vibrant and exciting as it is beautiful.

True North Reviews

"He offers an affectionate trip through the region that is more thematic than geographical ...Wainwright's amiable and illuminating anecdotes are supported by a superb selection of photographs from the only national newspaper that began life outside the capital ... any book that references Saint Hilda and Les Dawson in the same chapter is clearly worth a look" Daily Mail "True North is his love letter to 'England's Better Half', a gently paced modern history taking in culture, nature and cottage industries. He doesn't ignore stereotypes so much as moderate them with wit and unlikely facts ... Northerners will revel in all the local colour, while southerners will continue to wonder what all the fuss is about" Metro "Calling on a mix of memoir and history, the author looks at the old North, and the new revitalised North of today. In exploring how and why the region has changed, he writes compellingly in praise of people and places. It's a fascinating read" -- Book Of The Month Choice Magazine "Exhilarating" Saga

About Martin Wainwright

Martin Wainwright is the Guardian's highly respected Northern editor. He has written and edited over ten books, including Wainwright: The Man who Loved the Lakes, A Lifetime of Mountains, the Country Diaries of A. Harry Griffin and Morris Minor, the Biography

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GOR002042521
9780852652138
0852652135
True North: In Praise of England's Better Half by Martin Wainwright
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Guardian Books
2006-06-02
304
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