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The Manchester Man

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Product details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Ulan Press (31 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CGI2XU
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Mrs George Linnaeus Banks, nee Isabella Varley, was born in her parent’s shop on Oldham Street, in the centre of Manchester, on the 25th March 1821. Her father, James Varley, was a pharmacist and along with his wife, Amelia, took an active part in politics in the period before Manchester had any parliamentary representation. He subsequently served as a town councillor, alderman and magistrate. Isabella was brought up on tales of the town’s struggles around the fireside of an evening, and her relatives had first-hand knowledge of the infamous Peterloo Massacre which had taken place within half a mile of her home, less than two years before her birth. Such tales fuelled her interest in Manchester’s history and her work as a writer. She published her first set of poems in 1844 under the title of “Ivy Leaves,” although an early poem, “A Dying Girl to Her Mother,” had been published when she was sixteen years of age by the Manchester Guardian. She authored a number of books, including “Bond Slaves – A Story of Struggle,” dealing with the Luddite movement, although “The Manchester Man,” is her best known novel. Malc Cowle, Manchester 2012 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully written book by a very interesting and untypical woman of those times. A full description of the story would spoil it but for all Mancunians this is a fascinating tale, none more so than the vivid description of The Battle of Peterloo. The characters are believable and by turns one can like, love and hate them. The story starts with a baby discovered floating down the River Irk and continues to follow his story as he grows to manhood. I grew up near this area in the 1940's and can verify some of the author's descriptions. If you like history and people you will love this book. She also writes some wonderful quotable lines.
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Format: Paperback
Being a local girl from Manchester this book served a interesting exercise in local history while still being enthralling. Jabez Clegg and the other fascinating characters wade thrpough streets steeped with the true meaning of being a Mancunian. A book My Children will read in years to come and be mezmerised.
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Anyone who has ever lost their sense of belonging to a "human" race should be moved by this "Moses" story and the dignity of the Bible named central character Jabez Clegg. For anyone ever having visited Manchester and all Mancunians tis book will send a spark of recognition, pride and sense of justice and deep sensivity which is characteristic of the working class man;which has been portrayed more recently in movies like Brassed Off.
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Wonderful book if you are interested in Manchester history. The story is woven around Peterloo but there is so much more too. I read it whilst consulting an old map of the area. This enhanced my enjoyment. There are also engravings that apparently appeared in the original. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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Excellent story written in a fluent and absorbing way. My regular reading is Sifi so this was unusual but I found it really easy to read, with excellent detail about Manchester in Victorian times. The story holds the attention well and I would highly recommend it.
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Lovely book, first read it as a teenager when it was only available via Morten's of Didsbury/Sherratt & Hughes. Great to see this illustrated edition. Vital - and amazing! - part of the Manchester pantheon of literature.
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I got this book on the suggestion of a recent event and I can't believe it took me this long to find an absolute northern masterpiece. I am usually a sci-fi reader but this book talking of areas I know and events I am proud to associate my Mancunian roots with blew me away and had me thinking of Jabez between readings. Well written and with vivid descriptions of 19th century life in transitional Manchester.
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What a great book and a wonderful learning tool as far as social history is concerned. I bought the book seconed hand from you at a very moderate price and it is one of those books I consider too good to part with. Received in very good condition
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