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Hebden Bridge: A Sense of Belonging Hardcover – 10 May 2012
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A classic in the making(Simon Jenkins)
I loved this book...Lively, humorous and incisive(The Dalesman)
Chapters meander through villages, eras, topics; some sections are composed purely from snippets of observations, or extracts from conversations past and present. . . The sense of place for which [Barker] is searching becomes implicitly nostalgic.(Times Literary Supplement)
...a rich, sometimes sad, often funny book.(Yorkshire Post)
Paul mixes personal memories with interviews and criticisms to work out what makes the beloved area tick.(Yorshire Ridings magazine)
A vivid portrait of the place, its people and its progress...Sure to inspire others to go on a hunt of their own.(Best of British)
Perceptive, enjoyable book.(The Lady)
An evocative, affectionate and realistic look at the changing face of the small Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge.(BBC Who Do You Think You Are)
At once an invaluable social history and a 'bloody good story'.(West End Extra)
Provides plenty of food for thought.(Hebden Bridge Times)
Barker lets the journey take him where it will, a meandering underpinned by some very incisive journalism. No assumptions: he seeks out the villagers who can help... In his story of one village - which might be any village in these times of change - he takes us to a very rich place indeed.(Independent)
Paul is perfectly placed to chronicle and analyse both the changes and the continuities that make Hebden Bridge special, and his lively, colourful portrayal mixes personal and family memories with interviews, investigations, as well as criticism.(Halifax Courier)
About the Author
Paul Barker regularly writes and broadcasts on social, cultural and urban issues. He is a senior research fellow of the Young Foundation in East London, and the former Editor of New Society magazine. His latest book is Hebden Bridge : A Sense of Belonging, as well as The Other Britain, Living as Equals, Arts in Society and The Freedoms of Suburbia. Born in West Yorkshire, he now lives in North London.
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I quickly adapted to the writing style and came to love it.
I couldn't wait to get back to the book and my only regret is that it ended too quickly.
Written from an autobiographical point of view I suppose - it really is a personal journey with many interesting historical facts entwined throughout the narrative.
What a wonderful way to portray the local history in a very refreshing and unusual format.
As a relatively recent offcomer who has known the area for years I thought that there could have been some further inclusions (what about May's shop (Aladdins Cave)?) but it is understandable that it is a personal choice and space is by necessity limited.
I think this is a wonderful read - I am about to lend it to a friend who left Hebden Bridge over forty years ago and I'm sure he will love it as he will know all the places and, probably, most of the characters as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was in the same school year as Sally.. I grew up in Cragg Vale. I have lived in Essex longer than Yorkshire now, but for many years returned to 'where I belonged' 4 or 5 times a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Margaret Smith
Since I grew up in this area, the book has special appeal for me. One of my favorite reads for the last 5 years.Published on 21 April 2014 by Joyce M. Bainbridge
I loved this book, full of fascinating detail, felt like i was back in that time, interesting facts mixed with intimate details about the families and communitiesPublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by christine hake
Paul Barker has captured, in his very readable book, the atmosphere and historic detail of Hebden Bridge. I liked the short chapters and the easy style, an ideal bedtime book. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2012 by Barbara
I bought this book as a father's day present for my Dad who was born in Hebden Bridge in 1929. He absolutely love it as it bought back so many memories from his childhood. Read morePublished on 14 July 2012 by Greg