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Spanning the last five decades of Liverpool's history, the specially commissioned pieces in this collection revel in the story of the city itself?the legendary life and culture... Read more
Spanning the last five decades of Liverpool's history, the specially commissioned pieces in this collection revel in the story of the city itself?the legendary life and culture that gave the world The Beatles, along with the struggle and tragedy that comes with growth and change in the city's communities. Compiled to coincide with Liverpool being named the European Capital of Culture, these stories include new works by Booker Prize?winner Barry Unsworth, Whitbred Poetry Prize?winner Roger McGough, and legendary horror writer Ramsey Campbell?all of whom provide insightful and colorful perspectives on Liverpudlian life.
The Book of Liverpool Paperback edition by Margaret Murphy
Maria Crossan is the editor of a number of anthologies dedicated to cities and city culture, including The Book of Leeds, The Book of Manchester, and The Book of Newcastle, as well as Decapolis, a collection of translated stories about European cities. Eleanor Rees is a poet who has published several collections, including Andraste's Hair and Feeding Fire.
The stories gathered in this anthology reflect the many complex challenges Havana's citizens have had to endure as a result of their country's political isolation?from the hardships of the "Special Period," to the pitfalls of Cuba's schizophrenic currency system, to the indignities of becoming a cheap tourist destination for well-heeled Westerners. Moving through various moments in its recent...
Few cities have undergone such a radical transformation over the last few decades as Birmingham. Culturally and architecturally, it has been in a state of perpetual flux and regeneration, with new communities moving in, then out, and iconic post-war landmarks making way for brighter-coloured, 21st century flourishes. Much like the city itself, the characters in the stories gathered here are often...
Tehran is Iran's most secular and liberal city. It is a city that is so much more than your usual chaotic maze of concrete and traffic jams thick with air pollution. This is the beating heart of Iran, a creative tour de force and the place to be to get a handle on modern Iran and what its future will likely be.The outside world focuses on extremes in Iran, but what the writers herein set out to...
Riga may be over 800 years old as a city, but its status as capital of an independent Latvia is only a century old, with half of that time spent under Soviet rule. Despite this, it has established itself as a vibrant, creative hub, attracting artists, performers, and writers from across the Baltic region. The stories gathered here chronicle this growth and on-going transformation, and offer...
Nestled on the confluence of the Blue and White Niles, the city of Khartoum has, for two centuries, been a focal point for both imperialism and rebellion, a breeding ground for revolutionary fervor, begrudging target for international criticism, and a refuge for hundreds of thousands of people displaced by wars conducted from this city. The Book of Khartoum provides an intimate tour of this city...
Tbilisi is the largest city and capital of Georgia, with a population of more than 1.5 million people. Situated at the boundary between Europe and Asia, this fiercely independent city is home to different ethnic groups and languages, having been fought over by rival empires and powers for centuries. This complex history of foreign dominance and independence struggles, its mixture of orthodox...
The thoughtful stories featured in this collection capture the soul of the city of Leeds by tracing the unique contours of 50 years of social and economic change. In one story the Millgarth Police Station reverberates with the early adrenaline rush of a case they won't close for years. Another tells of a teenage boy who trails the city center bars of the 1980s in thrall to his hero, a Leeds United...
Dhaka is the world's tenth largest city with a population of more than 18 million people. We will bring ten unique short stories from this overwhelming, vibrant, capital city to English-reading audiences in the next installation of our popular "Reading the City" series. Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh, which emerged as a nation state in 1971 after a violent struggle for independence from...
Both intelligent and accessible, this collection pulls readers into the heart of Turkish culture, politics, and history through multifarious narrative frameworks. The testimonials, memories, and confessions that weave through the pages not only birth a new concept of Turkish life from previously unsung voices, but also tell universal truths about living to which anyone can relate?regardless of...
A corrupt police officer trawls the streets of Cairo on the most important assignment of his career: the answer to the truth of all existence...A young journalist struggles over the obituary of a nightclub dancer...A man slowly loses his mind in one of the city's new desert developments..There is a saying that, whoever you are, if you come to Cairo you will find a hundred people just like you. For...
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