Dr Andrew Lees

Liverpool: The Hurricane Port
  • Liverpool: The Hurricane Port

  • Scousers believe they live in a special place, one that has more in common with Salvador da Bahia, New Orleans or Gdansk than anywhere in England, and the city has always punched above its weight. In less than a hundred years, however, Liverpool's image has declined from a major mercantile player known as the Second City of the Empire to what some social commentators have described as a cultural backwater remembered largely as the place where the Beatles were born.

    In Liverpool: The Hurricane Port, Andrew Lees reveals how Liverpool's pre-eminence in the slave trade left an indelible scar on the psychogeography of the city. He also explores the roots of Liverpool's contrary nature, its rebelliousness and its hedonism, as well as some of the recent hurricanes that have battered the city, including the anger of Toxteth, the Hillsborough disaster and the murder of James Bulger. In this distinctly personal account, Lees defines the characteristics of this Celtic enclave, with her loudmouthed, big-hearted people who have created a city quite different from anywhere else in the world.

Dr Andrew Lees is Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, and Clinical Director of the Queen Square Brain Bank for Neurological Disorders. His major scientific research has been carried out in the field of dementias and Parkinson's disease. His book Ray of Hope (Penguin, 1998), about the Liverpool and England footballer Ray Kennedy who suffers from Parkinson's, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. As well as several scientific works, he has written a social history of Liverpool, The Hurricane Port (Random House, 2011). A native of St Helens, Lancashire, he lives in north London.

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