Long Road from Jarrow

A journey through Britain then and now
Author: Stuart Maconie
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473527686
Category: Travel
Page: 352
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The Sunday Times Bestseller 'A tribute and a rallying call' - Guardian Three and half weeks. Three hundred miles. I saw roaring arterial highway and silent lanes, candlelit cathedrals and angry men in bad pubs. The Britain of 1936 was a land of beef paste sandwiches and drill halls. Now we are nation of vaping and nail salons, pulled pork and salted caramel. In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie, walks from north to south retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Travelling down the country’s spine, Maconie moves through a land that is, in some ways, very much the same as the England of the 30s with its political turbulence, austerity, north/south divide, food banks and of course, football mania. Yet in other ways, it is completely unrecognisable. Maconie visits the great cities as well as the sleepy hamlets, quiet lanes and roaring motorways. He meets those with stories to tell and whose voices build a funny, complex and entertaining tale of Britain, then and now.

Long Road from Jarrow

A Journey Through Britain Then and Now
Author: Stuart Maconie
Publisher: Ebury Press
ISBN: 9781785030543
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 352
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Three and half weeks. Three hundred miles. I saw roaring arterial highway and silent lanes, candlelit cathedrals and angry men in bad pubs. The Britain of 1936 was a land of beef paste sandwiches and drill halls. Now we are nation of vaping and nail salons, pulled pork and salted caramel. In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie, walks from north to south retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Traveling down the country's spine, Maconie moves through a land that is, in some ways, very much the same as the England of the 30s with its political turbulence, austerity, north/south divide, food banks and of course, football mania. Yet in other ways, it is completely unrecognizable. Maconie visits the great cities as well as the sleepy hamlets, quiet lanes and roaring motorways. He meets those with stories to tell and whose voices build a funny, complex and entertaining tale of Britain, then and now.

Long Road from Jarrow

A Journey Through Britain Then and Now
Author: Stuart Maconie
Publisher: Ebury Press
ISBN: 9781785036316
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In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched the 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their town and industries. Precisely eighty years on, Stuart Maconie retraces the route of this emblematic English journey, romantically dubbed the Jarrow Crusade, to chart how much Britain has changed since. He moves through a country that is in some ways very much the same, one that looks and sounds strangely familiar with its mood of austerity, political turbulence, contentious north/south divide, global instability, the threat of extremism and war, food banks and football mania. But in other ways, it is hardly recognisable--a nation utterly transformed, with its pound shops, electric cars, e-cigarette vendors, boutique hotels, smoothie bars, tech start-ups and Twitter. Walking on the corresponding days of the March, Maconie travels down the spine of England to meet with people with stories to tell and whose voices tell the stirring, funny, sad, complex, perplexing and entertaining tale of Britain then and now. He finds a country of huge diversity and difference, of natural beauty and urban blight, affluence and poverty, revival and decline. The journey reflects these contrasts, taking us through great cites and sleepy hamlets, quiet lanes and roaring motorways, along towpaths and branch lines, to the very heart of London, to see what welcome awaits in Downing Street and Westminster.

Cider With Roadies


Author: Stuart Maconie
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473502861
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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Cider with Roadies is the true story of a boy's obsessive relationship with pop. A life lived through music from Stuart's audience with the Beatles (aged 3); his confessions as a pubescent prog rocker; a youthful gymnastic dalliance with northern soul; the radical effects of punk on his politics, homework and trouser dimensions; playing in crap bands and failing to impress girls; writing for the NME by accident; living the sex, drugs (chiefly lager in a plastic glass) and rock and roll lifestyle; discovering the tawdry truth behind the glamour and knowing when to ditch it all for what really matters. From Stuart's four minutes in a leisure centre with MC Hammer to four days in a small van with Napalm Death it's a life-affirming journey through the land where ordinary life and pop come together to make music.

The Pie At Night

In Search of the North at Play
Author: Stuart Maconie
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409033244
Category: History
Page: 352
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Factory, mine and mill. Industry, toil and grime. Its manufacturing roots mean we still see the North of England as a hardworking place. But, more than possibly anywhere else, the North has always known how to get dressed up, take itself out on the town and have a good time. After all, working and playing hard is its specialty, and Stuart Maconie is in search of what, exactly, this entails what it tells us about the North today. Following tip offs and rumour, Stuart takes trip to forgotten corners and locals’ haunts. From the tapas bars of Halifax to the caravan parks of Berwick Upon Tweed, from a Westhoughton bowling green to Manchester’s curry mile, via dog tracks and art galleries, dance floors and high fells, Stuart compares the new and old North, with some surprising results. The Pie at Night could be seen as a companion to the bestselling Pies and Prejudice, but it is not a sequel. After all, this is a new decade and the North is changing faster than ever. This is a revealing and digressive journey and a State of the North address, delivered from barstool, terrace, dress circle and hillside.

Pies and Prejudice

In search of the North
Author: Stuart Maconie
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0091930308
Category: Travel
Page: 368
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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. The bestselling Pies and Prejudice is a hugely enjoyable journey around the north of England.

Watling Street

Travels Through Britain and Its Ever-Present Past
Author: John Higgs
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1474603491
Category: History
Page: 320
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A journey along one of Britain's oldest roads, from Dover to Anglesey, in search of the hidden history that makes us who we are today. Long ago a path was created by the passage of feet tramping through endless forests. Gradually that path became a track, and the track became a road. It connected the White Cliffs of Dover to the Druid groves of the Welsh island of Anglesey, across a land that was first called Albion then Britain, Mercia and eventually England and Wales. Armies from Rome arrived and straightened this 444 kilometres of meandering track, which in the Dark Ages gained the name Watling Street. Today, this ancient road goes by many different names: the A2, the A5 and the M6 Toll. It is a palimpsest that is always being rewritten. Watling Street is a road of witches and ghosts, of queens and highwaymen, of history and myth, of Chaucer, Dickens and James Bond. Along this route Boudicca met her end, the Battle of Bosworth changed royal history, Bletchley Park code breakers cracked Nazi transmissions and Capability Brown remodelled the English landscape. The myriad people who use this road every day might think it unremarkable, but, as John Higgs shows, it hides its secrets in plain sight. Watling Street is not just the story of a route across our island, but an acutely observed, unexpected exploration of Britain and who we are today, told with wit and flair, and an unerring eye for the curious and surprising.

Roots, Radicals and Rockers

How Skiffle Changed the World
Author: Billy Bragg
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571327761
Category: Music
Page: 528
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Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth - a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it. It's a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunts. Billy traces how the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s. Emerging from the trad-jazz clubs of the early '50s, skiffle was adopted by kids who growing up during the dreary, post-war rationing years. These were Britain's first teenagers, looking for a music of their own in a pop culture dominated by crooners and mediated by a stuffy BBC. Lonnie Donegan hit the charts in 1956 with a version of 'Rock Island Line' and soon sales of guitars rocketed from 5,000 to 250,000 a year. Like punk rock that would flourish two decades later, skiffle was a do-it-yourself music. All you needed were three guitar chords and you could form a group, with mates playing tea-chest bass and washboard as a rhythm section.

Penny Lane and All That


Author: Ann Carlton
Publisher: Lolfa
ISBN: 9781784613693
Category: Liverpool (England)
Page: 192
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A celebration of growing up in Liverpool's Penny Lane neighbourhood in the 1940s and 1950s, the place and time very familiar to the Quarrymen/Beatles who celebrated it in their well-known song of that name. 55 photographs.

The Road to Wigan Pier


Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive
ISBN: 1518348718
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 285
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Chios Classics brings literature's greatest works back to life for new generations. All our books contain a linked table of contents. George Orwell was one of the most famous authors of the 20th century. Orwell’s classics such as Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm are still widely read throughout the world. Orwell’s works regarding social injustice and totalitarianism remain influential.

Great British Bus Journeys

Travels Through Unfamous Places
Author: David McKie
Publisher: Atlantic
ISBN: 9781843543411
Category: Bus travel
Page: 359
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Takes the reader on a journey to Britain's most unfashionable towns and uncovers the nation's secret history. From the Forest of Bowland to Bradwell-on-Sea, this work offers a survey of the land, rich with history, legend and personality.

The Road to Nab End

A Lancashire Childhood
Author: William Woodruff
Publisher: New Amsterdam Books
ISBN: 1461733154
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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The Road to Nab End is a marvelously evocative account of growing up poor in a British mill town. From William Woodruff's birth in 1916 until he ran away to London at the age of sixteen, he lived in the heart of Blackburn's weaving community in the north of England, where the crash of 1920 left his family in extreme poverty.

The People’s Songs

The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records
Author: Stuart Maconie
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 140903318X
Category: History
Page: 480
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These are the songs that we have listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as downed tools and danced to. Covering the last seven decades, Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have sound tracked our changing times, and – just sometimes – changed the way we feel. Beginning with Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, a song that reassured a nation parted from their loved ones by the turmoil of war, and culminating with the manic energy of ‘Bonkers’, Dizzee Rascal’s anthem for the push and rush of the 21st century inner city, The People’s Songs takes a tour of our island’s pop music, and asks what it means to us. This is not a rock critique about the 50 greatest tracks ever recorded. Rather, it is a celebration of songs that tell us something about a changing Britain during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from the Second World War to the present day. Here are songs about work, war, class, leisure, race, family, drugs, sex, patriotism and more, recorded in times of prosperity or poverty. This is the music that inspired haircuts and dance crazes, but also protest and social change. The companion to Stuart Maconie’s landmark Radio 2 series, The People’s Songs shows us the power of ‘cheap’ pop music, one of Britain’s greatest exports. These are the songs we worked to and partied to, and grown up and grown old to – from ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ to ‘Rehab', ‘She Loves You’ to ‘Star Man’, ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’ to ‘Radio Ga Ga’.

Hope and Glory

A People’s History of Modern Britain
Author: Stuart Maconie
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409005755
Category: History
Page: 352
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In Hope and Glory Stuart Maconie goes in search of the days that shaped the Britain we live in today. Taking one event from each decade of the 20th century, he visits the places where history happened and still echoes down the years. Stuart goes to Orgreave and Windsor, Wembley and Wootton Bassett, assembling a unique cast of Britons from Sir Edmund Hillary to Sid Vicious along the way. It’s quite a trip, full of sex and violence and the occasional scone and jigsaw. From pop stars to politicians, Suffragettes to punks, this is a journey around Britain in search of who we are.

The Sword of Damascus (Death of Rome Saga Book Four)


Author: Richard Blake
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 1848947038
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
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The fourth book of the DEATH OF ROME SAGA is a must-read for those who loved the heroism of Gladiator and Spartacus. 687 AD. Expansive and triumphant, the Caliphate has stripped Egypt and Syria from the Byzantine Empire. Farther and farther back, the formerly hegemonic Empire has been pushed - once to the very walls of its capital, Constantinople. But what is all this to old Aelric, now in his nineties, and a refugee from the Empire he's spent his life holding together? No longer the Lord Senator Alaric, Brother Aelric is writing his memoirs in the remote wastes of northern England, and waiting patiently for death. Then a band of northern barbarians turn up outside the monastery - and then another. Before he can draw another breath, Aelric is a prisoner of unknown forces, and headed straight back into the snake pit of Mediterranean hatreds. What awaits him at the end of his long and dangerous journey is a confrontation that decides the fate of all mankind.

Jarrow from Old Photographs


Author: Paul Perry
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781445672786
Category:
Page: 96
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Explore the history of Jarrow through this fascinating collection of beautiful photographs.

Emigrants

Why the English Sailed to the New World
Author: James Evans
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 0297866915
Category: History
Page: 352
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AN EVENING STANDARD NO. 1 BESTSELLER 'Marvellously engaging' THE TIMES 'Brisk, informative and eye-opening' DAILY TELEGRAPH During the course of the seventeenth century nearly 400,000 people left Britain for the Americas, most of them from England. Crossing the Atlantic was a major undertaking, the voyage long and treacherous. There was little hope of returning to see the friends and family who stayed behind. Why did so many go? A significant number went for religious reasons, either on the Mayflower or as part of the mass migration to New England; some sought their fortunes in gold, fish or fur; some went to farm tobacco in Virginia, a booming trade which would enmesh Europe in a new addiction. Some went because they were loyal to the deposed Stuart king, while others yearned for an entirely new ambition - the freedom to think as they chose. Then there were the desperate: starving and impoverished people who went because things had not worked out in the Old World and there was little to lose from trying again in the New. EMIGRANTS casts light on this unprecedented population shift - a phenomenon that underpins the rise of modern America. Using contemporary sources including diaries, court hearings and letters, James Evans brings to light the extraordinary personal stories of the men and women who made the journey of a lifetime.

Going on the Turn

Being the Extraordinary Stories of My Life and Dodging Death’s Door
Author: Danny Baker
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 0297870149
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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In this book my father dies. I almost die.*** My showbiz career winds down. And yet everyone keeps telling me it's the funniest book I've ever written. If I'd known that's what the public wanted, I'd have cancelled Pets Win Prizes and just got sick sooner. Along the way this time we encounter, among others, David Bowie, Kanye West (I think), John Cleese, Peter O'Toole, and have several adventures in the Fourth Dimension. Oh, and I can reveal the Man With The Foulest Mouth In All Show Business. Plus assorted high-kicking hoopla and a whole lot of rather stark stuff about what it's like to be told you could be On The Way Out. *** (SPOILER ALERT: I don't actually die.)

The Long Road North


Author: Quentin Super
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1640273883
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 166
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We have all been there. A point that can send our lives in one direction or the other. This is a point where we can either continue the way we have been living or branch out, take a chance, and seek more out of life. The Long Road North chronicles this juncture in Quentin Super’s life. His memoir takes us through various stages that many people have experienced: partying, promiscuity, emptiness, and eventually a desire for something more. For Super, this “something more” entailed riding his bicycle through the grueling Minnesota winter with his best friend during their spring break in March 2015. Together, they rode eight hundred miles from St. Cloud, Minnesota, into Canada, all the way to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Once they finished their time in the major metropolis, they turned around and went all the way back. Captured in this book is just how difficult the journey was from a physical, mental, and emotional perspective. The raw honesty will draw tears. The mesmerizing storytelling will keep readers engaged. But the lengths Super went to find out more about himself and the world will inspire a generation.

Never Mind the Quantocks

Stuart Maconie's Favourite Country Walks
Author: Stuart Maconie
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781446301654
Category: Great Britain
Page: 352
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Brings together a selection of the finest columns from award-winning writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie - as seen in "Country Walking Magazine". This title features over 50 articles from the resident columnist, including festive walks, Lakeland favourites and pub treks.