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A lot, but not enough of anything,
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This review is from: The North: (And Almost Everything In It) (Hardcover)
Two strands. A largely chronological autobiography up to Morley's leaving Stockport to join NME, with a countervailing sequence of vignettes of northern history in reverse chronological order. A few pictures too.
He's obviously inspired by sebald, but this lacks the energy and surprise of his work. It's leaden, overwritten, mannered. And it has way too much stuff in it. Compendious without being thorough. Neither use as a history nor ornament as poetry. And people interested in the north outside of Manchester will feel shortchanged.
Nothing is a far more affecting book.