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starts funny, then becomes more of a critical guide book
on 11 September 2001
..one of the funniest opening paragraphs I've read led me to hope that the reviews printed on the cover would for once live up to themselves. However, the author spends a lot of time writing about the midlands, then confesses it's not even 'Up North'... The author then commits the sort of error that you make when writing school essays, he spends too much of the rest of the book writing too much about one place, eg Wigan, before devoting next to no space to somewhere like Bradford, and doesn't even visit Hull. His perceptions of some of the places are pretty good, and he would appear to find his "northern nirvana" but more emphasis on being funny rather than purely criticising places would have made this a better read. I got less and less interested the more I got into it. I come from Leeds, quite an important northern town, but it makes the last chapter or so, and gets a fraction of the coverage of that place in the midlands, Birmingham isn't it ? I would refer him to Macarthy's Bar for a lesson in humorous travel writing.