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The Little Book of the Black Country Kindle Edition
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This is an attractive and readable book, particularly if from within the region or anyone interested in the culture. The names, personalities and dialect with lifestyle are unique to this most marvellous of areas. Smethwick, Dudley, Rowley Regis, Wolverhampton or wherever, (why did Cradley be amalgamated with Halesowen other than bureaucracy?). It is full of factual information that is thoroughly enjoyable and with an admitted helping of nostalgia that I found informative. It is pitiful the industry with it's expertise were ripped out of the area in the 1960's and 70's, but the heart and foundations are fortunately still there.
This book is a must for anyone living in the Black Country, and a treat for anyone who doesn't. There are so many facts - some of which I'd previously attributed to folklore - and interesting anecdotes, carefully compiled and blended with local humour.
I like the way it includes towns and villages not always included in the area: whilst I fully acknowledge the original mining area as the origin of the description (a hatched area on a map was the explanation of one knowledgeable historian) For my money, the true Black Country includes anywhere the 'dark arts' of industry thrived and the unique dialect is spoken. eg: I think a Smethwick dweller who says "Yo bay" or "Yo bin" is entitled to call himself a Blackcountryman, whilst anyone who strenuously denies he's Black Country doesn't deserve to be included anyway. Or is that too contentious?
A born Snetta and fellow writer, I loved this book (can you tell?) from start to finish - and found nothing whatsoever to question it on apart from the fact that (like all good things) it came to an end. Congratulations Michael Pearson, I shall be recommending this book to everyone I know and I hope it has the success it deserves.
Nick too was delighted with it and found it full of information and facts about the Black Country. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is interested in this area of the country - and others - go on - find out for yourselves just what an interesting area of the country this is.
Since moving to Cardiff I am often called a Brummie. So I decided to buy this book to learn more about my heritage and to be able to give some facts about the black country.
The book itself is well written and laid out in a clear concise layout.
A great read. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read! Very informative historically. Didn't want it to end!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Present for my dad, mom and dad love history and think its brilliant- found out some really interesting things about the Black Country and amusing too.Published 12 months ago by Alison Sabin
I was a bit disappointed that there was so little written about Lye and Stourbridge. It seemed to be mostly Wolverhampton area was coveredPublished 16 months ago by Mrs J Macdonald