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Lancashire, Where Women Die of Love [Hardcover]

Charles Nevin
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9 Sep 2004
For far too long, the County of Lancashire has languished under the grimy pall of smoke, muck, mills and mines; enveloped in outdated condescension and smothered by the easy dismissals that put down the north of England as just 'up there' and 'grim'. Thank you very much, George Orwell, Monty Python and every London cabbie.But Lancashire is not 'up there'. It is actually situated in the centre of the British Isles and, far from being grim, Lancs is in fact a place of wit and wonder, romance and surprise; a land of exotic influence whose people have ever looked outward to sophistications and influences beyond frontiers and seas. Indeed, French writer Honore de Balzac recognised these affinities and yearnings in the Lancashire people when he had one of his characters declare that 'Lancashire is the County where women die of love'. Mock if you like, but then think about it: where is the magnificent thoroughfare that inspired the boulevards of Paris? Where did they go to film Brief Encounter, arguably the most romantic British film ever? Which city informed the great vision of C. G. Jung? Where did the young Shakespeare dream and draw his inspired imaginings? Where do you think Britain's only bullfighter, the doughty El Ingles, is from? Where will the new Las Vegas be? Join Charles Nevin, Fleet Street journalist and humorist, as he returns to his roots and reveals all this and more in Where Women Die of Love. Discover the true Camelot and the beauty that is Rugby League. Ponder over Cotton and Gandhi and Engels, and mull over the reason why Britain's greatest comics, from Laurel to Coogan........

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  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (9 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840188715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840188714
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,258,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Charles Nevin's clear-eyed, unbiased account of the county's abundant comedy...[and]... its fatally romantic streak... -- The Guardian Weekend Magazine, August, 2004

'An entrancing volume... showing how Shakespeare, Jung and Steve Coogan owe it all to Oswaldtwistle.' -- Observer, September, 2004

'Charles Nevin's Lancashire, Where Women Die of Love is an absolute joy.' -- Joanna Lumley, The Times, December 2004

He has written a delectable book about the county. -- The Independent, November, 2004

The beauty of Lancashire rediscovered...his funny and affectionate journey finds a place of wonder, romance and surprise. -- Publishing News, September, 2004

About the Author

Charles Nevin has worked as a journalist and humorist for some 25 years, during which time he has written for many publications, including the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and the Independent on Sunday. He was born and raised in Lancashire and still lives there today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lancashire where women die of love 4 April 2006
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An affectionate portrait of a marvellouscounty. Lots of interesting facts which even I(a self confessed lancastriaphile) did not know.
A must for all exiled northerners-one read and they will be beating a path back up the M6 to a county which the author clearly loves
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lancashire Life 9 Dec 2007
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As someone who is exactly the same age and from the same town (St. Helens) as Charles Nevin - I share many of his enthusiasms. Also, like Charles, I left Lancashire 30 odd years ago and so I think that both our views of the red rose county are a little rose-tinted. I would suspect that this book appeals to Lanky ex-pats more than people still living in the county. I'm also not sure how much non-Lancastrians would enjoy the book, although the cover does note Joanna Lumley (surely a southerner?) found it "an absolute joy".

Nevertheless this is a very enjoyable book that attempts to find common character traits among Lancastrians, both famous and not so famous. (Although I wasn't really convinced that we all have this shared whimsy, and that Liverpudlians are like people from the rest of the county.) Charles is a fine writer who carries you with him on his journeys around the county and on some unlikely Lancashire connections - Shakespeare and Clint Eastwood?!?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wit, warmth & wonder 23 Nov 2004
Reading Charles Nevin's enchanting Lancashire, Where Women Die of Love is like spending several hours in endlessly diverting and delightful company. It is a book with as rare personality about it, as if the author were at your elbow guiding you this way and that through Lancashire turbulent past and present. Nevin has an unerring eye for the odd, the curious and the downright bizarre, but his sketches of people and places are suffused with wamth and humour. It is not too much to say that Lancashire,Where Women Die of Love is every bit as idiosyncratic as the country he so brilliantly describes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little-know author moves centrestage 25 Oct 2004
In an age of tedious conformity where it is, to a large extent, assumed that what we hold dear is not only best but not open to serious challenge, how invigorating it is to come across something refreshingly novel ( pun intended ) and articulate.
Like everyone else, I do tend to stick by my old personal favourites - Stephen King, Dickens, Rankin etc - so discovering someone new does still represent a joyous, if infrequent, event.
Nevin is well-versed in the art of the written word having spent his adult life churning out witty prose for a variety of publications ( Independent on Sunday, Guardian etc )...that's to say he knows his way around a dictionary.
He's damned good, too.
This book positvely oozes nostalgia as it lilts along like a classic Kinks single from the's warm, affectionate, witty, stylish and comforting in a warm blanket sort of a way.
In short, it is one of those little gems which falls into the " best-kept secret " category.
I recommend this book without a hint of reservation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lancashire: Where women die of love 7 Dec 2006
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Absolutely fabulous. An excellent, powerful and a little eclectic observation on Lancashire and its people. Essential reading for anyone interested, even vaguely, in the Red Rose County, without too much slagging off of the White Rose County - they're our neighbours, you know. We can complain about them, but you can't!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great humorous read. 13 April 2014
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This book is packed with Lancashire facts in a very clever and humorous style. Charles Nevin writes with a "twinkle in his eye" and does not take his subject too seriously. There isn't a redundant word in this very well constructed book.
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