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True North: In Praise Of England's Better Half

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A disappointing read about my favourite part of the world, the North of England. Wainwright is suitably effusive about the part of England that feels ignored by the capital and those southern folk, but the unremitting positive spirit about everything to do with the north, crammed into pages with lots of photographs just becomes rather wearing.


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There is no light and shade, no construction of how the North became what it is or why, no coherent narrative, even with the 8 chapters, none really h A disappointing read about my favourite part of the world, the North of England. There is no light and shade, no construction of how the North became what it is or why, no coherent narrative, even with the 8 chapters, none really having a clear thesis.

Indeed, the whole could easily be written by Welcome to Yorkshire as a promotional book, except that would just concentrate on Yorkshire.

Even the photographs seem to have been randomly dropped in throughout the book, often reaching a relevant image many pages after the text. I did find one seriously incorrect fact, but don't know if there are others about subjects I know less about. It could have been a lot more interesting, but an easy and occasionally interesting read. Wainwright calls on a vast and knowledge of the people, customs, habits and achievements.

It does jump about a bit though. Maybe grouping stuff in themes better might have made it more readable. There were some great factoids that surprised me though. Not sure the Jeremiah epigraph before the epilogue is quite accurate in the theological context but I did enjoy this homage to the North. Written from a position further left to my usual diet I think when someone is passionate enough a general subject the political spin becomes less important.

More emphasis on the history of the area would have been good but I don't think Wainwright ever set up with an all encompassing survey in mind. Nov 23, Edward Ferrari rated it liked it. Don't know what I expected really, got it on sale and recently got round to reading it.

True North: In Praise of England's Better Half

Bit thin on the ground in places, though got some useful things learnt. Wanted a bibliography. Photos a bit random and uninspiring. Wouldn't bother with it if you're looking for something comprehensive. Apr 07, Robbie Williams rated it liked it. Local interest mainly, and I generally enjoyed it and learned a bunch, but the relentless positivity gets a bit wearing. Jul 10, Tom rated it really liked it. A loving history and memoir about the wonders of the North of England.

Aug 10, Wendy rated it really liked it. Really enjoyed it. Full of interesting, if random, thoughts about the North of England and its history. Completely bias in favour of the north but full of interesting and random facts. Jan 02, Anne Kiely added it. I enjoyed reading this but it does jump around a bit.

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