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I think the author has done a brilliant job of capturing the peculiar charm of Hebden Bridge- that mix of solid old Yorkshire tradition and the recent overlay of creativity and innovation. Barker is interested in all aspects of the town - its landscape, its industrial history, its commerce, its architecture - but it is his journalistic feel for the lives of individual inhabitants - and his ability to draw them out in interviews - which makes the book special. His affection for the place and its people is obvious but it is never sentimental and he is not afraid to examine the darker side or ask the difficult questions. This is a clear-eyed as well as a warm-hearted book.