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Description - So Spirited a Town by Nicholas Murray

In this highly personal encounter with his native city Nicholas Murray blends literary descriptions of Liverpool across the centuries with his own memories of a 1960s Liverpool childhood to create an original and nuanced portrait of the character of a remarkable city. The result is a rich mosaic built up from a range of literary sources: quirky eighteenth- and nineteenth-century guide books, songs, poems, reminiscences, sermons, novels, letters, histories, travelogues, political tracts, autobiographies, essays, journalism, official reports, and jokes. This is a book about how Liverpool has been seen by others but it is also a personal and sometimes moving record of growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s and 1960s, exploring in an often light-hearted way what it means to be `Scouse', never forgetting that De Quincey's "many-languaged town" is a cosmopolitan, multi-racial seaport with an often tough history of poverty, industrial strife, migration, but, above all, humour.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846311284
ISBN-10: 1846311284
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Liverpool University Press
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Nicholas Murray

Nicholas Murray is a freelance author based in Wales and London. Born in Liverpool in 1952 he is the author of several literary biographies.

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