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The Manchester Compendium: A Street-by-Street History of England's Greatest Industrial City Paperback – 7 May 2009
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'Glinert writes entertainingly and clearly about the history of each district, street by street ! this is an essential volume for anyone with an interest in the city' Independent 'It could be the new Manchester bible' Middleton & North Manchester Guardian 'It could be the new Manchester bible' Middleton & North Manchester Guardian
About the Author
Ed Glinert was born in Dalston, East London. His fascination with people and place, coupled with his forensic gift for digging out obscure stories, have made him one of the most acclaimed writers about London. He now turns his attention to his home town, Manchester. His previous books include The London Compendium, East End Chronicles, West End Chronicles and Literary London.
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I think it's hilarious that all those 1 star reviews were written at approx. the same time to discredit the author and this book. I personally never even looked at the reviews at the time I decided I wanted it as a present. As if anyone would take what these people said seriously , most of those reviews looked as if they were regurgitating what others has said just because of some implied slight over ,of all things, football. Oh please , credit the great reading public with a little intelligence in future ,all you 1 star reviewers!
I found all the information very easy to read and loved the street by street aspect. I just had one of my Godfrey maps with me whilst reading which helped put everything in place. I was totally absorbed and would recommend the book.
"...Get on Amazon and review the hard back and paper back, I've just given it one star and a damming review and it's knocked 1/2 a star off its overall rating....
I dare say a large number on here have Amazon accounts so get to it...
Don't be too obvious just give it crummy over all ratings..don't go in to a rant about City/United etc... and it will have a real affect on sales..
Suggest a rival book in your review aswell such as Crime City etc.. as most people will definitely not buy a book if a few reveiwers advise another one instead.."
"...Just keep the 1 star reviews coming in on Amazon for all his books..."
"...I've done my review. Has the book been out a while? Because if it has and there's a sudden glut of reviews and interest, it's obvious what has happened.Read more ›
For those not familiar with Manchester football politics, a brief (and not entirely objective) résumé may assist. For large periods of the twentieth century United and City competed quite equally, all this changed in the 1990s when City sunk to the third tier of English football and United won just about everything. Added to this, United had gained worldwide prominence as a result of its survival from the 1958 Munich air disaster (when a young and highly promising team was lost on its pioneering challenge for European glory, but whose successors went on to achieve this goal 10 years later). The result was that United's support had spread worldwide. To assuage their pain City fans invented a (quite clever and certainly effective) myth that all Mancunians supported City. This gained credence throughout the country, particularly as other football fans in far away places like Surrey were irked by neighbours cheering on United trophies in their locals. This was all quite fine, until (like the Scousers before them) the City fans began to believe their own myth, and a troglodyte Mancunian tendency was born (viz "Liam Gallagher"): narrowly inward-looking, and so an effective denial of this once world-shaking and cosmopolitan city. This means that any reference to Manchester that doesn't blow smoke up their collective rear ends is howled down as heresy. Mr Glinert has fallen foul of this.Read more ›
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If you want the history of the worlds Premier Industrial town..buy this !Published 16 months ago by Dez
A very personal and at times selective, not always accurate, somewhat chaotic in layout but informative and eminently readable. Read morePublished 22 months ago by kh1234567890
Great book, if you like this kind of reading then this is the book for you! Good story as well, as a great author!Published on 28 Nov. 2013 by P. Callaghan
The Author conducts a concise journey in print of Manchester. Good reading which serves as a reference book which will surprise the readerPublished on 20 May 2013 by Mrs S Hall
Not only has Mr Glinert upset a large number of native Mancunians with his tract, he's also managed to outrage this native Brummie. Read morePublished on 13 May 2013 by Douglas Wood
Do not believe the poor reviews on here, the book is excellent and very informative.
You will note poor reviews all happended about the same time, which doesn't add up... Read more
Amazing book. Dont be put off by the sad, smalltime fans of the new "richest club in the world": funded by the tyranny of a "royal" family over the people. Read morePublished on 26 July 2011 by pureunited
I have sent the message below to Kindle support and I place it here to warn potential buyers, this e book costs £8. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2011 by Kenneth