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Trouble In Mind Reviews

Trouble In Mind Reviews

A Rolling Stone Book of the Year
A MOJO Book of the Year

‘The world’s premier Dylan expert offers a deep-dive defense of his subject’s much maligned “gospel” period, from 1979 to 1981. Heylin goes concert by concert and session by session, adding clarity to a murky era and convincingly arguing that Dylan’s late Seventies are nearly [...]

Leave The Capital Reviews

Leave The Capital Reviews

‘An ambitious, engaging history of Manchester music… Hanley really gets to grips with the entire tale, and relates it to the reader with clarity, skill, wisdom and wit. All told, it might just be the definitive book on the subject.’
Northern Soul
‘One of the best books on rock’n’roll I’ve ever read’
Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio Manchester
‘Well written, [...]

You Can Drum But You Cant Hide Reviews

You Can Drum But You Cant Hide Reviews

‘Wolstencroft’s book gives us a whole new perspective about Manchester’s music scene. A cracking read.’ — Louder Than War
‘Essential.’ — Vive le Rock!
‘This punchy and addictive memoir proves as endearing and self-effacing as Wolstencroft himself.’ — The Quietus
‘Refreshingly frank.’ — Record Collector
‘An ideal read for all fans of Manchester’s groups, artists and music-history.’ — Your [...]

Anarchy in the Year Zero Reviews

Anarchy in the Year Zero Reviews

‘A speed read that mirrors the tempo of the times, an oral history from protagonists to punters. For those who weren’t there, but swear they were, now you are.’
– Richard Boon, former Buzzcocks manager
‘Clinton Heylin has finally released his own personal Sgt Pepper – a book about the birth pangs of punk [...]

British Story Reviews

British Story Reviews

‘This frequently surreal tale follows an academic’s entanglement with an oddball group, led by the Falstaffian Arthur Mountain, who share a strange extended tale stretching back to wartime Swansea via Doncaster and Edinburgh. Reminiscent of the work of Kurt Vonnegut, this is a really engaging and entertaining yarn with plenty of [...]

Song For My Father Reviews

Song For My Father Reviews

‘A moving story of reconnection… littered with laugh out loud quips.’ – Guardian
‘Ian Clayton has an unshakeable belief in the power of stories to bring people together, coming as he does from that great tradition of storytellers that includes the likes of Stan Barstow, Alan Sillitoe and his hero Barry Hines. Song [...]

The Big Midweek Reviews

The Big Midweek Reviews

A Guardian Book of the Year
A Rough Trade Book of the Year
Reader’s Digest Editor’s Choice
A Dagsavisen Book of the Year
NME Book of the Year nomination
Penderyn Whisky Music Book of the Year Shortlist

‘If (Mark E) Smith was the group’s jabbing index finger, (Steve) Hanley was its heart. Hanley’s voice in this memoir of his [...]

Spellbound Reviews

Spellbound Reviews

‘Spellbound proves “Lad Lit” doesn’t have to be shallow – this is a bright and engaging collection of short stories that have real depth. Willans respects women, and that comes through strongly. (I imagine he has plenty of female friends.) These “stories of women’s magic over men” combine pathos, wit, and humour, with a sprinkle [...]

Red Laal Reviews

Red Laal Reviews

A selection of reviews for Red Laal by M Y Alam
‘While this is the second book to feature anti-hero drug dealer Kilo from MY Alam, the great beauty of it is that it works as a stand-alone piece, yet you can almost feel the predecessor adding weight to the story. Red Laal [...]

Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge Reviews

Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge Reviews

Reviews for Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge.
‘The author drew on her teenage diaries for this poignant yet hilarious memoir about finding and losing your first love. The vividly depicted memories will make readers wince with recollection, but aside from its funny moments, it’s ultimately very moving.’
– The Sunday Mirror
‘A funny and sensitive account of a [...]

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