• "Stuart Maconie is the best thing to come out of Wigan since the A58 to Bolton"

    Peter Kay
  • "An heir to Alan Bennett ... stirring and rather wonderful"

    Anthony Quinn, Sunday Times
  • "Funnier than Bill Bryson. There's lots to love about Maconie's North - even for Southern Jessies"

  • "Maconie makes a jovial, self-deprecating narrator. Sharp and funny"

  • "A lyrical, passionate, humorous and argumentative tour du force ... Imagine Nick Danzinger meets Nik Cohen meets Ricky Tomlinson and you've got the perfect blend of humorously incisive northern-travel writing. An early contender for best travel book of the year."

    Big Issue North