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The North av Paul Morley
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The North (utgåvan 2014)

av Paul Morley (Författare)

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Here is the north, this is where it lies, where it belongs, full of itself, high up above everything else, surrounded by everything that isn't the north, that's off the page, somewhere else...Paul Morley grew up in Reddish, less than five miles from Manchester and even closer to Stockport. Ever since the age of seven, old enough to form an identity but too young to be aware that 'southern' was a category, Morley has always thought of himself as a northerner. What that meant, he wasn't entirely sure. It was for him, as it is for millions of others in England, an absolute, indisputable truth. But he wondered why, when as a child he was so ready to abandon his Cheshire roots and support the much more successful Lancashire cricket team, and when as an adult he found he could travel between London and Manchester in less than two hours, he continued to say he was from the North. Forty years after walking down grey pavements on his way to school, Paul explores what it means to be northern and why those who consider themselves to be believe it so strongly. Like industrial towns dotted across great green landscapes of hills and valleys, Morley breaks up his own history with fragments of his region's own social and cultural background. Stories of his Dad spreading margarine on Weetabix stand alongside those about northern England's first fish and chip shop in Mossley, near Oldham. And out of these lyrical memories rise many disconnected voices of the north; Wordsworth's poetry, Larkin's reflections and Formby's guitar. Morley maps the entire history of northern England through its people and the places they call home from the frozen landscapes of the Ice Age to the Norman invasion to the construction of the Blackpool tower to show that the differences go deeper than just an accent. Ambitiously sweeping and beautifully impressionistic, without ever losing touch with the minute details of life above the M25, The North is an extraordinary mixture of memoir and history, a unique insight into how we, as a nation, classify the unclassifiable.… (mer)
Medlem:Heather.C.R.
Titel:The North
Författare:Paul Morley (Författare)
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2014), Edition: UK ed.
Samlingar:Genealogy and History, Ditt bibliotek
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The North: (And Almost Everything In It) av Paul Morley

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Hard to dislike but in the end I had to. An over long memoir padded outrageously by unneccessary, unoriginal and uninteresting factoids culled from the internet. There's no doubt that Mr Morley is a good journalist and knows how to write. But a half-hearted attempt to imitate Lawrence Sterne meanderings and the Situationists' absurdity doesn't come off. It reads like the contrived imitation that it is. His editor let him down. ( )
  Steve38 | Jan 10, 2016 |
I first became aware of Paul Morley as a regular talking head on documentaries about rock music, and gradually came to recognise that his opinions generally coincided with my own. He tended to speak to the camera with commitment and authority, and he has continued in that vein here.

This book encompasses a variety of tones. Perhaps principally a selection of his own memoirs, focusing on growing up in Reddish, in the close hinterland of Stockport, he also offers an enlightening history of the north of England (with particular regard to Cheshire, Lancashire and the Greater Manchester area) and an engaging series of annals offering brief vignettes for most years, reminiscent of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, but with the startling distinction that the years are treated in reverse order. As we extend further into Morley's own life we are taken further back in to the history of the region.

All of these interlaced narratives are charmingly written, mixing (suitably Northern) self-effacing memories with a rich vein of facts across a broad ambit of subjects. Very entertaining and very informative. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Dec 30, 2014 |
https://kaggsysbookishramblings.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/some-thoughts-on-the-no...

Five stars from me for possibly my favourite writer! ( )
  kaggsy | Nov 13, 2014 |
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Here is the north, this is where it lies, where it belongs, full of itself, high up above everything else, surrounded by everything that isn't the north, that's off the page, somewhere else...Paul Morley grew up in Reddish, less than five miles from Manchester and even closer to Stockport. Ever since the age of seven, old enough to form an identity but too young to be aware that 'southern' was a category, Morley has always thought of himself as a northerner. What that meant, he wasn't entirely sure. It was for him, as it is for millions of others in England, an absolute, indisputable truth. But he wondered why, when as a child he was so ready to abandon his Cheshire roots and support the much more successful Lancashire cricket team, and when as an adult he found he could travel between London and Manchester in less than two hours, he continued to say he was from the North. Forty years after walking down grey pavements on his way to school, Paul explores what it means to be northern and why those who consider themselves to be believe it so strongly. Like industrial towns dotted across great green landscapes of hills and valleys, Morley breaks up his own history with fragments of his region's own social and cultural background. Stories of his Dad spreading margarine on Weetabix stand alongside those about northern England's first fish and chip shop in Mossley, near Oldham. And out of these lyrical memories rise many disconnected voices of the north; Wordsworth's poetry, Larkin's reflections and Formby's guitar. Morley maps the entire history of northern England through its people and the places they call home from the frozen landscapes of the Ice Age to the Norman invasion to the construction of the Blackpool tower to show that the differences go deeper than just an accent. Ambitiously sweeping and beautifully impressionistic, without ever losing touch with the minute details of life above the M25, The North is an extraordinary mixture of memoir and history, a unique insight into how we, as a nation, classify the unclassifiable.

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