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on 28 January 2007
This is a fantastic book. Very,very readable & intensly addictive. Having watched the TV series with Ant & Dec (which was enjoyable, if a bit lacking in depth at times), I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. From the venerable Bede to the Romans,the Border Reivers & the incursions of the Scots, from commerce on the river to the rise & decline of the pits & the yards, it is a fast moving but fascinating narrative.

A good deal of Newcastle & Tyneside's civic "heroes" are here; Grainger, Stephenson, Buddle,Dobson et al & some less heroic (T.Dan Smith for example)- there's an array of famous North East names to be found within the pages of this book, describing their achievements & their historical context & importance.

This book is marvellous - it brings to life so much of our local history & describes how Tyneside has developed over the centuries.

If you love Tyneside & its history, you'll love this book.
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on 30 August 2015
A rattling good read and a pretty reliable and comprehensive history too. It must be quite a trick to balance all the different subject areas that one could include across such a long time period. That balance is admirably struck. And the writer weaves back and forth across the centuries into a seamless web of the very fabric of what it means to be a Geordie. One quibble - the author does not think Thomas Bewick was a great artist and accords him barely a mention. What???? It must have been his engraving of the guinea pig he was looking at. Please don't judge TB so rashly. I can recommend Jenny Uglow's wonderful biography to put his reputation straight.
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on 5 March 2014
Very good and easy read of the History of my area.
Highly Recommended if you want to be familiar with Tyne side
through the ages.
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on 31 October 2013
An excellent history book revealing some facts and information I never knew, and I thought I knew a lot of it
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on 3 January 2014
It wasn't quite what I expected - it needs more photographs or diagrams interspersed with the text. The inserted sections were a bit confusing although informative. However a good introduction to the general history of the area.
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on 23 December 2012
Had everything that I wanted to know about my birthplace. A very good and informative read. This is well written and a must for people wanting to know about Tyneside's history.
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on 22 February 2015
This didn't hit the spot for me - it was too like a school text book. I found most interesting the Roman history.
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on 22 March 2015
Super background and stories - lets you understand why Tynesiders are as they are.
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on 3 September 2014
Good book, the girlfriend loved it as a present, proper Geordie stuff.
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on 16 December 2015
great book with plenty case studies as examples.
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