• A joy. Celebrates the real world and revels in its mad glory

    Sue Townsend, Sunday Times
  • I was irresistibly reminded of Alan Bennett - there is the same wry humour, wonderfully telling selection of detail or remark . . . a fine balance of humour and poignancy

    The Times
  • The salty prose of an original poetic voice

    Melvyn Bragg, Observer
  • A thoughtful, witty combination of travel writing, autobiography and Alan Bennett-style diary

    John-Paul Flintoff, Daily Telegraph
  • Laugh-out-loud funny . . . has all the resonant precision of a poet's ear and eye

  • An original and talented writer . . . highly entertaining and there are flashes of wit and moments of tenderness and brilliantly accurate observation

    Vernon Scannell, Sunday Telegraph
  • The best book I have read in a long time on what he insists is the true North of England

    Geoffrey Moorhouse, Daily Telegraph

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