A classic in the making
Barker lets the journey take him where it will, a meandering underpinned by some very incisive journalism. No assumptions: he seeks out the villagers who can help... In his story of one village - which might be any village in these times of change - he takes us to a very rich place indeed.
Paul is perfectly placed to chronicle and analyse both the changes and the continuities that make Hebden Bridge special, and his lively, colourful portrayal mixes personal and family memories with interviews, investigations, as well as criticism.
Provides plenty of food for thought.
(Hebden Bridge Times
At once an invaluable social history and a 'bloody good story'.
(West End Extra
An evocative, affectionate and realistic look at the changing face of the small Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge.
(BBC Who Do You Think You Are
Perceptive, enjoyable book.
A vivid portrait of the place, its people and its progress...Sure to inspire others to go on a hunt of their own.
(Best of British
Paul mixes personal memories with interviews and criticisms to work out what makes the beloved area tick.
(Yorshire Ridings magazine
...a rich, sometimes sad, often funny book.
Chapters meander through villages, eras, topics; some sections are composed purely from snippets of observations, or extracts from conversations past and present. . . The sense of place for which [Barker] is searching becomes implicitly nostalgic.
(Times Literary Supplement
I loved this book...Lively, humorous and incisive
About the Author
Paul Barker regularly writes and broadcasts on social, cultural and urban issues. He is a senior research fellow of the Young Foundation in East London, and the former Editor of New Society magazine. His latest book is Hebden Bridge : A Sense of Belonging
, as well as The Other Britain, Living as Equals, Arts in Society
and The Freedoms of Suburbia
. Born in West Yorkshire, he now lives in North London.