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Home: A Personal Geography of Sheffield [Paperback]

Carl Lee
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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Fou Fou Publishing; First Edition edition (1 Mar 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0956195709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956195708
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,394,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. Highly entertaining. 10 Jan 2010
For anyone with an association with Sheffield, this book is a must read. The author directs the reader through a month by month account of 2008, incorporating his own personal experiences of the year. However, the real beauty of this book is how the author integrates his own experiences into an easy reading socio-political commentary on modern day and historical Sheffield. From local politics (which the author is keenly involved in), environmental issues, local industry and football to name a few, the book never fails to fascinate and always entertains. The howling grammar and semantics errors which crop from time to time only serve to make to the book more quirky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Home is in the Geographer's Beating Heart 10 May 2009
Have you ever ploughed your way through a text book, desperately hoping to learn but too bored to remember anything?
How likely are you to read a book about the geography of the town you live in? Kind of interested but really, you don't want to have to remember all those geographical acronyms about business districts, stare at endless statistics about weather patterns or look at properly annotated graphs of ribbon development.
And yet you want to know about your town - why does it exist here, what makes it live and breathe, where is it heading and where you might fit into it's social fabric.
Well, this is just the book for you. It's a personal account of the geography of Sheffield told by a professional geography lecturer, Carl Lee.
Personal in so far as Carl draws on his experiences of living in the city for almost 30 years, keeping a fresh perspective as he uses each month of his life in 2008 as a separate chapter.
Each of the 12 chapters deals with a different aspect of what could be called geography - sustainability, connectivity, housing, shopping,climate, employment, industry, culture, education, democracy and landscape. Researched opinions on architecture, football, local politics, wine, art, the music of youth as well as birth, death and weddings garnish the geographers' staple diet.
In the company of a friend, a daughter or a high profile interviewee, Carl pushes himself to go out and investigate Sheffield's nook and crannies to discover the underbelly of geographic forces, such as the birthplace of football, the route of forgotten rivers and canals, the city's last little mester and the hidden mass producing steelworks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As I Walked Out 19 April 2013
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Home; A Personal Geography of Sheffield is a book I came across through my interest in the work of social Geographer Danny Dorling. Both men share affection for Sheffield, the northern city that has become second home to them. The impetus to write his book, claims Lee in the introduction, was "the seemingly remorseless exhortation of the delights of everything beyond our shores that drew me into looking at Sheffield anew". He then details various articles from UK press to evidence a "type" of Brit who leaves the UK to live abroad (which means I'm a-typical - a migrant who doesn't take the Daily Fail as gospel and who abhors both the racism at home and that brought to NZ by those fleeing the UK). Home details a year in Lee's life from 2007-08 (the year I left Britain to experience New Zealand). What struck me about the book was the tone: Laurie Lee meets Orwell with a sprinkling of Auden? Not exactly; it's far too readable for such reductive comparisons. It is addictive in its mix of geography meets history meets trivia meets journal, and is in parts very moving. As other reviewers note, Home is a must for anyone with an interest in Sheffield. But Lee's skill lies in expanding the features of Sheffield to speak of wider social issues, which he does so eloquently if for the want of a decent editor. Home is a must for anyone with an interest in their fellow human beings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure To Read :) 17 Aug 2010
Weeellll, ya can pick up a text book nowadays for a subject such as this, and what do you get, well to be honest, you get a whole subject detailed to you yeah, but is that enjoyable, no. Just read the first chapter of this book and you are immediately hooked on what is a superb and cleverly written view on sheffield. A must for anyone :)
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