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Long Road from Jarrow Audiobook

Long Road from Jarrow: A journey through Britain then and now

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Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Long Road from Jarrow by Stuart Maconie.

In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie walks from north to south, retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Following history's footsteps, Maconie is in search of what modern Britain is really like today.

Travelling down the country's spine, Maconie moves through a land that is, in some ways, very much the same as the England of the '30s, with its political turbulence, austerity, north/south divide, food banks and, of course, football mania. Yet in other ways, it is completely unrecognisable: highstreets peppered with pound shops and e-cigarette vendors, smoothie bars and Costas on every corner.

Maconie visits the great, established and yet evolving cities of Leeds, Sheffield and London as well as the sleepy hamlets, quiet lanes and roaring motorways. He meets those with stories to tell and whose voices build a funny, complex and entertaining tale of Britain, then and now. Written in Maconie's signature style, this is a fascinating exploration of a modern nation that, though it looks and sounds strangely familiar, has been completely transformed.

©2017 Stuart Maconie (P)2017 Penguin Random House

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    Mr SA Lambe 27/08/2017
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    "Fabulous, edgy recreation of the Jarrow March "

    Initially, this must have been a simple idea - recreate the Jarrow March 80 years - to the day - after it took place in October 1936, and compare how the walkers fared to what he discovers on his own journey. Typical Maconie, you might think. However, Brexit and Trump hang so heavily over this excellent, thoughtful book, that it becomes - as well as an excellent potted account of the 1936 walk - an analysis of where England finds itself in 2016-17. As you might expect, he is no fan of Trump, May or indeed Brexit itself, nor is he a fan of Corbyn - accusing him, with some justification, of ignoring Labour's traditional working class voters, so typified by the Marchers themselves. Along the way he eulogizes about Leeds has little good to say about Market Harborough, but is charmed by the drinkers in an Italian bar in Bedford, and has other memorable encounters with multi-cultural England, most of them positive.

    As you might expect, this is an entertaining book, beautifully read by the author (although be warned that there is some rather jarring editing that almost made me take a star off the performance - but I though to do so would be churlish and insulting to the author). I suspect the strong political slant may grate with one or two listeners, yet as always his points are well made and winningly argued.

    Overall,Long Road From Jarrow is funny, educational and actually rather moving. Highly recommended.

    PS. Any book that slips in a mention of Yes guitarist Steve Howe is fine by me.

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    Ed Goodman 01/09/2017
    Ed Goodman 01/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Charming and Evocative"

    There were times early on in the book where I lost sight of whether this was a then and now tale of English life with the Jarrow Crusade at the epicentre, interjected with feelings of Brexit. or a Brexit tale, interjected with feelings of the Jarrow Crusade. But looking past all that, Stuart meets some fascinating people, and recounts the story of a historic march. All while giving a detailed and enjoyable listen of how different life has changed over these 80 years, and not just on an obvious way. Overall? I loved it.

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    Julia Bonner 15/10/2017
    Julia Bonner 15/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "So Disappointed."

    I come from South Shields and I thought this was a really great account of the Jarrow Crusade. Unfortunately the author ruins it by dripping anti-brexit and anti-Trump rhetoric. It’s done in such a way that if you happen to support either of these then the inference is that you must be some sort of idiot. When siting examples of extremist violence, it stupefies me why the example chosen is the murder of a single MP allegedly committed by the far right rather than the countless examples of dead women and children committed by a certain religious faction....but this BBC stalwart does it without blinking. When is the Left going to realise that condescension like this is one of the main reasons we have Brexit and Trump.

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    Russell Tomkins 04/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Ruined by constant anti Brexit comment."

    I had purchased this title in the hope of learning about the Jarrow marchers and the route they took. I would have liked to have had more information on both subjects.
    I enjoyed what was included amongst the atmospheric content & found it informative. Unfortunately I had to keep wading through Stuarts personal perception off the Brexit decision.

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    Mrs A Ord 09/12/2017
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    "fantastic and thought-provoking "

    l grew up near Jarrow and recognised a number of the places he spoke of. I also recognised the type of people Stuart met on his travels. In a time of fear and political upheaval it is really lovely to listen to the author himself express his thoughts so clearly, and reassuring to hear his ideas. I really cannot recommend this highly enough

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    Anonymous 04/12/2017
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    "Witty, Articulate, Superb"

    I’m not one to recommend books but, if you read just one book this year, make it this one! Maconie takes on the fearsome challenge to replicate the Crusade of 80 years previous and strikes the right balance between reflecting on then and now (2016). Moments in time with more in common than you might think.

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    Mr BRISTOL, United Kingdom 20/11/2017
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    "Good enough"

    I learned a bit about the Jarrow Marchers, a bit about social history, a bit about some of the places the author visited, and enjoyed some anecdotes and a differently-partisan view on Brexit. There's nothing to dislike in the book at all, but it feels a bit abridged, and I'd have liked more of everything.

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    Mr P Stroud 02/11/2017
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    "A must read"

    great observations about today, and interesting background info re yesterday. Faint hope that it will change tomorrow.....

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    chas 25/10/2017
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    "v good"

    not his best; but still a good listen
    well read by the author
    informative and warm hearted


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    Christopher Lincoln, United Kingdom 20/10/2017
    Christopher Lincoln, United Kingdom 20/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "one mans trek diary"

    Not what I was expecting, just a mans diary of an historic walk. what a shame.

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    "A Must-Read. England now and then."

    a a a a a a a a a b c d e f g

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