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The Manchester Compendium: A Street-by-Street History of England's Greatest Industrial City [Hardcover]

Ed Glinert
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24 April 2008
In the same format as the successful London Compendium, the Manchester Compendium relates the remarkable and diverse history of England's second city. Manchester's town hall and its Royal Exchange epitomise the city's architectural grandeur and its industrial heritage., Peterloo and Engel's treatise on the conditions of the working classes its political history and the Manchester Guardian and Factory Records its cultural and social history. From Thomas de Quincey to Alan Touring, Neville Cardus to Morrissey - all are part of the city's rich and fascinating past. Covering every area of human activity and incorporating all the great events and key moments in the city's history this will be a fresh and unique perspective on a great city.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; First Edition edition (24 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713999713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713999716
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 750,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quotes for Ed Glinert's previous books

He reveals the secrets of the streets and the magic and mischief of the city (What's On In London )

not jsut a book for Londoners but anyone with an interest in the capital's history (Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year )

A breathtaking cavalcade of facats, figures and faces ... Buy a copy, don a stout pair of walkign shoes ... and explore (East End Life )

About the Author

Ed Glinert was born in Dalston, East London. His fascination with people and place, coupled with his forensic gift for digging out obscure stories, have made him one of the most acclaimed writers about London. He now turns his attention to his home town, Manchester. His previous books include The London Compendium, East End Chronicles, West End Chronicles and Literary London.

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Manchester city centre is surprisingly small, barely a mile east-west and north-south, fitting into what was the medieval town. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 13 Jan 2013
It seems I was a little late in coming to this book. I lap up anything connected with the city of Manchester as I grew up close to the city centre in the 50s and 60s. This book kept me interested all through the recent Christmas holidays and as someone else said in a review it was only the lack of a few maps or diagrams that it didn't get 5 stars.

I think it's hilarious that all those 1 star reviews were written at approx. the same time to discredit the author and this book. I personally never even looked at the reviews at the time I decided I wanted it as a present. As if anyone would take what these people said seriously , most of those reviews looked as if they were regurgitating what others has said just because of some implied slight over ,of all things, football. Oh please , credit the great reading public with a little intelligence in future ,all you 1 star reviewers!

I found all the information very easy to read and loved the street by street aspect. I just had one of my Godfrey maps with me whilst reading which helped put everything in place. I was totally absorbed and would recommend the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Manchester enthusiasts 22 April 2010
For anyone who has a tourist, historical or just a celebratory interest in this amazing city this is essential. It is informative both for the sofa enthusiast for the city and for a passionate walker who wishes to test out all the information that is provided. The book blends curiosity and trivia with real scholarship. While it is a celebration of the city it also looks at the dark side and the sometimes grim history and, despite the real efforts of the regeneration agencies, the continuning sharp inequalities experienced by Mancunians today.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
I just wanted to defend this extremely informative and entertaining book. After carefully reading all the reviews I became aware that many of the 'complaints' did not mention specific flaws or errors in the book, and there were quite a few Manchester City FC references. I searched on the internet for the author Ed Glinert and found a Manchester City Football Club supporters website called bluemoon-mcfc where there were appaling and threatening obscenities written about Ed Glinert and this book. Below are excerpts from the bluemoon-mcfc website recommending their members to write on Amazon on 5th November 2009.(Please note you will see the majority of negative reviews for this book were added to Amazon on or shortly after 5th November 2009);

"...Get on Amazon and review the hard back and paper back, I've just given it one star and a damming review and it's knocked 1/2 a star off its overall rating....

I dare say a large number on here have Amazon accounts so get to it...

Don't be too obvious just give it crummy over all ratings..don't go in to a rant about City/United etc... and it will have a real affect on sales..

Suggest a rival book in your review aswell such as Crime City etc.. as most people will definitely not buy a book if a few reveiwers advise another one instead.."


"...Just keep the 1 star reviews coming in on Amazon for all his books..."


"...I've done my review. Has the book been out a while? Because if it has and there's a sudden glut of reviews and interest, it's obvious what has happened.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most informative. 27 Jan 2011
Firstly, a confession, as the nom de plume indicates I am a United fan, and so may be accused of being as biased as the 1 star brigade below. Which, as "The Genealogist" has pointed out, are part of a concerted campaign by a Manchester City FC website. The cause apparently being a couple of mild digs in their direction by Ed Glinert.
For those not familiar with Manchester football politics, a brief (and not entirely objective) résumé may assist. For large periods of the twentieth century United and City competed quite equally, all this changed in the 1990s when City sunk to the third tier of English football and United won just about everything. Added to this, United had gained worldwide prominence as a result of its survival from the 1958 Munich air disaster (when a young and highly promising team was lost on its pioneering challenge for European glory, but whose successors went on to achieve this goal 10 years later). The result was that United's support had spread worldwide. To assuage their pain City fans invented a (quite clever and certainly effective) myth that all Mancunians supported City. This gained credence throughout the country, particularly as other football fans in far away places like Surrey were irked by neighbours cheering on United trophies in their locals. This was all quite fine, until (like the Scousers before them) the City fans began to believe their own myth, and a troglodyte Mancunian tendency was born (viz "Liam Gallagher"): narrowly inward-looking, and so an effective denial of this once world-shaking and cosmopolitan city. This means that any reference to Manchester that doesn't blow smoke up their collective rear ends is howled down as heresy. Mr Glinert has fallen foul of this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great book, if you like this kind of reading then this is the book for you! Good story as well, as a great author!
Published 7 months ago by P. Callaghan
4.0 out of 5 stars An informative read from a different perspective.
The Author conducts a concise journey in print of Manchester. Good reading which serves as a reference book which will surprise the reader
Published 14 months ago by Mrs S Hall
2.0 out of 5 stars More flatulence from a Londoner
Not only has Mr Glinert upset a large number of native Mancunians with his tract, he's also managed to outrage this native Brummie. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Douglas Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars My dad loved it
I bought this as a gift for my dad who was born in Salford 70+ years ago and Manchester was always his stomping ground. He LOVED it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Finoula
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and informative
Do not believe the poor reviews on here, the book is excellent and very informative.

You will note poor reviews all happended about the same time, which doesn't add up... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Mr Fusco
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bitterest Pill
Amazing book. Dont be put off by the sad, smalltime fans of the new "richest club in the world": funded by the tyranny of a "royal" family over the people. Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by pureunited
1.0 out of 5 stars Why I gave up reading this e book
I have sent the message below to Kindle support and I place it here to warn potential buyers, this e book costs 8. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Kenneth
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to Manchester
Please do not be put off by the negative reviews, which are written by those upset by some of the author's trenchantly expressed views. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2011 by himself
1.0 out of 5 stars this book is so bad..
How can a man describe himself as an author when all he's done is go on Wikipedia and copy stuff into a book. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by alistair
4.0 out of 5 stars a concerted effort by Man City fans to diss this author
ninety plus percent of the one star reviews were written on the same day, many use the same language, all the reviewers have only reviewed this book apart from one who also... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2010 by fairsnotfair
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