22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Maconie is an accomplished and fluent writer and the book is an entertaining and illuminating love letter to the north. But his dislike, perhaps even contempt, for the south occasionally overshadows what is an otherwise very worthwhile account.
Is it not possible to love the north without hating the south? Maconie lambasts southerners and the London media for their preconceptions about the north, but as a southerner I don't recognise many of these attitudes. Sometimes it's just good-natured regional banter but I must admit I grew tired of turning a blind eye to all the southern stereotypes that Maconie uses to make his points. He seems to think we're all called Sebastian and… Read more