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So Spirited a Town: Visions and Versions of Liverpool

by Nicholas Murray - £12.95  Liverpool University Press (2008)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781846311284 | ISBN 10: 1846311284

In this highly personal encounter with his native city Nicholas Murray blends literary descriptions of Liverpool across the centuries with his own memories of a 1960s Liverpool childhood to create an original and nuanced portrait of the character of a remarkable city.
 
The result is a rich mosaic built up from a range of literary sources: quirky eighteenth- and nineteenth-century guide books, songs, poems, reminiscences, sermons, novels, letters, histories, travelogues, political tracts, autobiographies, essays, journalism, official reports, and jokes.
 
This is a book about how Liverpool has been seen by others but it is also a personal and sometimes moving record of growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s and 1960s, exploring in an often light-hearted way what it means to be ‘Scouse’, never forgetting that De Quincey’s “many-languaged town” is a cosmopolitan, multi-racial seaport with an often tough history of poverty, industrial strife, migration, but, above all, humour.

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In booklists: Liverpool & Merseyside in Writing, Contemporary Liverpool and Merseyside, Local Lives: Liverpool, Liverpool History,
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