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A fascinating read!
on 3 January 2016
The Little Book of the Black Country
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.