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Forty Years of "Coronation Street" [Paperback]

Stephen F. Kelly , Judith Jones , Kelly Stephen
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21 July 2000
In December 2000 sees the 40th anniversary of "Coronation Street". This book provides an affectionate glimpse behind the curtains of Britain's best known street, and examines the programme's continuing popularity.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd; Television tie-in edition edition (21 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752223119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752223117
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,195,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen F Kelly is a writer and broadcaster and the author of more than twenty books. Born in Liverpool he has worked as a political journalist with Tribune, a television producer with Granada TV and an academic. In television he worked on programmes such as World In Action and What The papers Say.
His books include biographies of football legends Bill Shankly, Kenny Dalglish and Alex Ferguson. He is also an oral historian and has published half a dozen oral histories. His most recent books include an oral history of the 1950s (You've Never Had It So Good) and an oral history of the Korean War (British Soldiers Of The Korean War). This book tells the story of the many conscripts who served and died in Korea during the early 1950s in what is very much a forgotten war. The book is published by The History Press. Stephen Kelly is also Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Chester.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I recently purchased this book expecting it to be another very similar coronation street book , very factual but not very well written, but this it was not. When i sat down and started to read it i was surprised at what it was it is a blend of a factual book and interviews. surprisingly it may seem, it works very well. i grew up in Manchester but i moved away due to work which was a shame ,so when i saw this i thought i should see how my favourite soap was coming along. I quickly felt a resemblance between me and some of the avid watchers of the show. I raced through this book and i felt deeply emotional after i'd finished it and am now thinking of a move back to the city where the greatest soap was born. Overall i thought this was a brilliant book but those who have only watched the show for a year or two may dislike it. But if you are an avid watcher as i used to be this is a must buy for any coronatiion street lover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting compilation of interviews. 31 Oct 2000
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This book does not seek to relive old plots, give character biographies, or provide the "story of Coronation Street". What you get is a selection of interviews with cast and crew, many past and some present, and also some fans, discussing the appeal of Coronation Street. Divided into chapters starting with how the Street was first created, and carrying on with chapters for each decade several voices, this is more a study for real fans than a coffee table book to bring back memories! It was an interesting read, and I'm glad I bought it, although perhaps not one to return to again and again.
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