Thursday, 12 July 2012


Living in north Northumberland, one of the less well-known parts of the UK, seems to have encouraged another of my obsessions: seeking out books and novels about the county. Fortunately, it hasn't been as compulsive as it might be, perhaps because some form of latent self-preservation persuaded me that I was never going to be able to read the works of Catherine Cookson, "heartwarming" shipyard sagas or books about football. So it's my usual idiosyncratic mix, and there will be some leeway over actual borders - for a start, there will have to be, as Northumbria once extended rather further than it does today, but there will also be books which I decide in an entirely arbitrary fashion, get in because they have some relevance to Northumberland - for instance, something which is essentially about the Scottish borders may find its way in.

There may also be occasional reviews of local films, exhibitions and anything else I find interesting. It's a work in progress...

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