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Warts and all look at the North,
This review is from: Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North (Paperback)
I have just read this book and found it to be thoroughly enjoyable if a little too focussed on the North West as other reviewers have commented. But again, that is the author's old stamping ground so he can be forgiven and I didn't mind as I used to live there. It is an affectionate but not sentimental or patronising look at the North and its people through the eyes of an exile who has not forgotten where he comes from (or, Judas-style, ditched his accent). Unexpectedly, considering I am a Geordie, I particularly enjoyed the comments about southerners in the first chapter which to me were laugh out loud and I doubt I'd be offended by them if I were a southerner. I would recommend this book to any 30/40 something as it contains musical and social references pertaining to that age group. And what he says about Geordies is true: if you are brought up North of the Tyne, growing up, Lancashire does seem like the Midlands!