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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
A book for those who have lost the will to live in the North and whom, need that final push from the ledge.
What was most disappointing about Paul Morley’s story?
The book appears to be a rambling and disjointed tale, which struts around like a Mancunian popstar in the declining years of their fame.
10 chapters within the first hour, all of which simply scratch at the surface of what the North really is about.
Morley seems to have simply sat with a pile of text books and simply used a cut and paste approach to his own work, adding a quote here, and comment there, to create a dry pastiche which lacks the warmth and humour of Stuart Maconie, the (in my opinion0 preeminent Northern commentator du jours.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator's Middle England sounding voice, and (to coin a good strong and honest Northern term) piss poor accents and pronunciation made an already rambling book, unbearable to the ears.
Any additional comments?
A second rate approach in dealing with what could be a first rate subject, Morley's writing is grimmer than the region he sets out to celebrate.
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