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The Leeds Bible.,
This review is from: How Leeds Changed the World (Paperback)
I love it, it's stuffed full of information but not in a dull way, weird and whacky next to interesting and thoughtful. It feels like a new kind of book, a book on a city that isn't a bit dull, it isn't really local history, in fact it's almost opposite to that and I'm glad it's my city, Leeds. As an A-Z I love the way that the jumping from subject to subject takes you by surprise.
The front and back cover show you what it's like, at times very serious at others playful - you don't expect to find yourself laughing as you read an encyclopaedia but I just did. After laughing (or smiling to yourself) or being surprised by a bit of light trivia you're suddenly reading about the first women to make a speech at the Labour Conference, life saving medical breakthroughs or how Leeds battled for workers rights, especially children's rights. The chatty style is refreshing and accessible (he's not scared to give opinions) and it leaves you telling people all the nuggets you've picked up from the book.
Thoroughly recommended to anyone with an interest in Leeds or the way that people change the world. Think I've just found the perfect Christmas present for people who are sick of getting socks and undies.