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A hilarious journey in search of the real North, northerners and northernness, from the bestselling author of Cider With Roadies

A Northerner in exile, Stuart Maconie goes on a journey in search of the North, attempting to discover where the clichés end and the truth begins. He travels from Wigan Pier to Blackpool Tower and Newcastle’s Bigg Market to the Lake District to find his own Northern Soul, encountering along the way an exotic cast of chippy Scousers, pie-eating woollybacks, topless Geordies, mad-for-it Mancs, Yorkshire nationalists and brothers in southern exile.

Reviews

An heir to Alan Bennett ... stirring and rather wonderful

Anthony Quinn, Sunday Times

Funnier than Bill Bryson. There's lots to love about Maconie's North - even for Southern Jessies

Metro

Maconie makes a jovial, self-deprecating narrator. Sharp and funny

Guardian

A lyrical, passionate, humorous and argumentative tour du force ... Imagine Nick Danzinger meets Nik Cohen meets Ricky Tomlinson and you've got the perfect blend of humorously incisive northern-travel writing. An early contender for best travel book of the year.

Big Issue North

Affectionate, informed, conversationally honest, polemical

Daily Telegraph

Effortlessly articulate

The Times

One of the delights of Pies and Prejudice is Maconie's prose...behind Maconie's crafted wordplay is a serious thesis: that the North is more than its image

The Times

Witty and wise, with more good lines than the Angel of the North

Hunter Davies

Lyrical, passionate, humorous and argumentative tour de force...an early contender for the best travel book of the year

Big Issue

Observant, enthusiastic and sympathetic

GQ

The books succeeds...because of his care and wit in revealing something of these wonderful cities

Observer

Maconie is such an enjoyable writer

Guardian

Something far more thoughtful here than just a travelogue played for laughs.

Publishing News

[Stuart Maconie's] search for his northern soul has just the right balance of pies and prejudice to be right good

Independent

A witty and illuminating travelogue

Sunday Times

Stuart Maconie is the best thing to come out of Wigan since the A58 to Bolton

Peter Kay

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Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9780091930301

    September 1, 2010

    Ebury Digital

    368 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780091910235

    February 15, 2008

    Ebury Press

    368 pages

    RRP $19.99

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