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Summary

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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"Maconie's witty, swift-paced search for the North isn't all Bury's oven-bottomed muffins and Crewe's Full Bellies cafe. What he has to say about the response of Boris Johnson to Liverpudlian Ken Bigley's protracted pre-execution ordeal is just one of many sharp cultural insights." ( The Observer)

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  • Adrian
  • Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom
  • 31-01-10

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!

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  • Marvin
  • Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • 27-03-09

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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

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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.

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  • David
  • Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 03-07-13

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.

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  • heather
  • Rochdale, United Kingdom
  • 16-05-13

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

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  • Sarah
  • Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • 22-07-10

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.

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  • Neil
  • Harpenden, Herts, United Kingdom
  • 30-11-09

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!

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Brilliantly northern

Loved this book I am Yorkshire northerner so might be biased chuckling away and feeling proud to be from north