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Never judge a book by it's title
on 9 December 2014
Despite the title, which to me at least, suggests that a hack from the Sunday tabloids has quickly cobbled together a cut-and-paste job, filled with frothy gossip on the show and it's stars - this book really is nothing like that. In fact, it's one of the best 'Coronation Street' reference books that I have ever come across.
Unlike a lot of 'Corrie' books, this one is textual, with two inserts of pictures. In a well-written, extensively researched account, 'The (Very Unofficial Story)' charts the show's development and beginnings in 1960, right up-to 2010, so it's still quite a recent book. There is an analysis of the most major and significant storylines, viewing figures and reactions from the critics. Even more interesting is that it is draws heavily from new interviews with, amongst others, former cast-members and "behind the scenes" staff, most of whom share their information about the show for the very first time. The result is a fascinating behind-the-scenes guide to the show which now spans a mammoth five decades. A history lesson on British television, and how things have changed since 1960, highly recommended!