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Pies and Prejudice | [Stuart Maconie]

Pies and Prejudice

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.
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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.

©2007 Stuart Maconie; (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Adrian
    Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom
    1/31/10
    Overall
    "The best ever"

    This is quite simply the best audiobook I have downloaded from Audible to date. It is witty, full of insight, informative and wonderfully read. Stuart Maconie has been a wonderful companion on a number of car journeys recently. It is this sort of book that justifies my subscription to Audible!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marvin
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    3/27/09
    Overall
    "A grand read"

    Being a bit of a fan of the author (and I didn't bother reading the synopsis), I did expect this book to a mild rant from Mr Maconie about the virtues of the 'north' over the 'south'. However, although there are aspects of this in the book, it is more of akin to a travel journal in a similar vein to Bill Bryson's books (whom the author refers to often). This though is far from a criticism but is a compliment.

    Like Bryson, Mr Maconie manages to both praise and sometime complains about people and places in the north without being overtly nasty but with a sense of honesty. He pokes fun at himself and his race but is prepared to speak his mind bluntly when required. Typical northerner really!

    I really, really enjoyed this book and the author's narration really enhances his opinions. Being from the midlands, it left me both envying, admiring and sometimes fearing my northern neighbours. And like all good books it just finishes far too soon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • PP Merge
    2/24/10
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    "The pies have it"

    Having called the audible customer service team I heard a clip of this and was hooked. I almost asked them to put me back on hold so I could carry on listening. Maconie is an excellent narrator (not surprising given his DJ credentials) and although it may not be a laugh out loud funny as 'Cider with Roadies' (regrettably not available as an audiobook) I chuckled throughout. Stuart Maconie is Bill Bryson with whippets and this tour round the North is excellent enough for me to forgive him for not reading the unabridged version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • June
    6/21/09
    Overall
    "Pies and Prejudices"

    A marvelous listen, really feel I should ring audible monthly just to hear what they have playing whilst awaiting answer,this is how I found this captivating book. Its funny true and something both Northeners and Southeners would appreciate

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    wareside, United Kingdom
    7/30/13
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    "Light entertainment littered with interesting fact"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pies and Prejudice to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read it in print but Stuart Maconie is really easy to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    Travelling north, reviews of the cutural changes. Dispelling of myths and legend along with the musical references


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There are so many from the black sausages to Liverpool v Manchester


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh out loud moments


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great for anyone who really hasn't considered travelling north, it takes you to places that have may have been dismissed from preconceived ideas/media coverage. It is littered with historical references and the train journeys inspire you to leave the car keys at home and 'let the train take the strain'. I learnt loads about this wonderful isle and feel the urge to go to discover my undiscovered north. Inspiring and so well written/read it will be a pleasure to listen to again as there are things I am sure I missed. From Blackpool to Alderly Edge this gives a true flavour of what the north has to offer. Local food recommendations, places to stay with little gems on every page. Read it/Listen to it but most of all enjoy it, I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    7/3/13
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    Performance
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    "Life up norf!"
    Would you listen to Pies and Prejudice again? Why?

    Oh yes, I love Stuart's voice, his sense of humour and the subjects are priceless


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pies and Prejudice?

    Just too many and impossible to choose


    What about Stuart Maconie’s performance did you like?

    His voice, enthusiasm & fun


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh yes laugh laugh and laugh until I cried


    Any additional comments?

    This book sums up the northern roots for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr R B
    England
    2/14/15
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    "The nostalgic fantasy of one man and his memoirs"
    What did you like best about Pies and Prejudice? What did you like least?

    I don’t normally write reviews on the books that I listen to here, as I feel that you have to know a subject really well to be a fair critic.

    But this is a book about the north, particularly the north west, and the part of the region the author spends most time discussing is the place that I was born and have spent the last 47 years.

    I just hope that listeners looking north (or south) realise that they're getting more Disney than Discovery Channel.


    Has Pies and Prejudice put you off other books in this genre?

    I should really have guessed from the promo that this book wasn’t actually aimed at me. By that I mean that a one time sociology lecturer turned BBC music scene reporter’s view of the noble working class in the north is naturally going to be different from somebody who has actually lived that life here – i.e. me.

    Don’t get me wrong, it's not all bad. There were some well researched things in the book that I was interested to learn about this area and it could easily have been a very good listen.


    What does Stuart Maconie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    What really struck me though (besides the fact that the author obviously spent a lot of time in a thesaurus) is that the old cliché about BBC and Guardian hacks (the author has been both) is absolutely true – they really do live in a different world.

    Although being very clear about his student union politics from the outset (for anyone unable to guess that left is right and right is wrong) the author manages to keep that to a minimum for the first half of the book – which is tolerable for someone like myself of the school that politicians (regardless of brand) are mostly in it for their own ends.

    By the end of the book though, it descends into some kind of activist poet parody where the noble workers of the north are fighting rabid Tories bent on their destruction whilst Guardian readers are sending food parcels north to striking miners (and no I haven’t made that bit up – it’s in the book).


    Do you think Pies and Prejudice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If this book were abridged to keep the interesting local anecdotes, whilst scrapping the long-winded parts about social injustice, then it would have the makings of a much better book. Trim further to get rid of the name dropping and the how clever am I bits and it really might be getting close to what it aspires to be – a Bill Bryson book.

    Unfortunately it isn’t anything close as is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • heather
    Rochdale, United Kingdom
    5/16/13
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    "From us to you all"

    A fantastic account of the great divide delivered with humour and knowledge inviting one and all to the wonders and gloriousness of living up north

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
    7/22/10
    Overall
    "Wonderful book!"

    I heard a sample of this book whilst on hold with Audible customer services - and bought it immmediately. Its fantastic - everything Stuart Maconie is - warm, witty,insightful,intelligent,articulate and glorious to listen to. I have laughed out loud to this more times that I can remember. Buy it. Its the single best book I have bought from Audible and I love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    Harpenden, Herts, United Kingdom
    11/30/09
    Overall
    "Top Notch!"

    As a fellow northerner who has settled in the south, I related to many of the authors observations. It was a fantastic "listen" despite the fact that the author did not paint a particularly nice picture of my home town of Oldham!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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