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In Search of the North West,
This review is from: Pies and Prejudice: In search of the North (Paperback)
As a northerner who has been living in East Anglia for the past five years I really enjoyed this book. I would have given it five stars but there were a few things that annoyed me about the book. Firstly, far too much time is spent talking about the north west. The north east is hidden away in one brief, but admittedly entertaining, chapter at the end of the book. As a smoggy a found this a bit irritating. On a related point, I found the comment about northerners finding rugby union a bit posh and foreign rather odd. Rugby league may be the dominant form of rugby for Lancastrians and Yorkshie folk from the east and west ridings, but it is rugby union that rules in the north east and the north riding of Yorkshire. We find rugby league just as dull and one-dimensional as southerners.
There is also one astonishing omission in this book. Whither York? One of the north's great cities isn't mentioned once while, on the other hand, we are treated to detailed descriptions of the merits of Bury! Blimey.
Note to Stuart's copy-editor: Leeds is ten miles east of Bradford, not west as claimed in the book. More north western bias/ignorance at work I suspect.