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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.

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Jenna C. Ashton

the archive, Thomas rubs shoulders with the great and the good of the music world, but his own creativity was (is) often negated. His influences of craft, folk customs, nature, speech and dialect have fallen foul of the curse of regionality. Alice’s own story is one of Lancashire mill owners, a Russian childhood and escape from revolution to England. She offers us her own teenage stories in typed script: ‘With the help of a diary I kept as a girl in Russia, I have put together some recollections of those days.’ Her remembrances are domestic – mealtimes, local woods

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