Neither Nowt Nor Summat: In search of the meaning of Yorkshire (Hardback)
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Neither Nowt Nor Summat: In search of the meaning of Yorkshire (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 25/06/2015
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I'm going to define the essence of this sprawling place as best I can. I'm going to start here, in this village, and radiate out like a ripple in a pond. I don't want to go to the obvious places, either; I want to be like a bus driver on my first morning on the job, getting gloriously lost, turning up where I shouldn't. I'm going to confirm or deny the cliches, holding them up to see where the light gets in. Yorkshire people are tight. Yorkshire people are arrogant. Yorkshire people eat a Yorkshire pudding before every meal. Yorkshire people solder a t' before every word they use... If there were such a thing as a professional Yorkshireman, Ian McMillan would be it. He's regularly consulted as a home-grown expert, and southerners comment archly on his `fruity Yorkshire brogue'. But he has been keeping a secret. His dad was from Lanarkshire, Scotland, making him, as he puts it, only `half tyke'. So Ian is worried; is he Yorkshire enough? To try to understand what this means Ian embarks on a journey around the county, starting in the village has lived in his entire life. With contributions from the Cudworth Probus Club, a kazoo playing train guard, Mad Geoff the barber and four Saddleworth council workers looking for a mattress, Ian tries to discover what lies at the heart of Britain's most distinct county and its people, as well as finding out whether the Yorkshire Pudding is worthy of becoming a UNESCO Intangible Heritage Site, if Harrogate is really, really, in Yorkshire and, of course, who knocks up the knocker up?

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9780091959951
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 32 mm


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"A love letter to Yorkshire ... enjoyably so" -- Book of the Week * Daily Mail *
"A force of nature" * Guardian *
"Inching towards the status of a national treasure" -- Andy Kershaw
"World-class - one of today's greatest poetry performers" -- Carol Ann Duffy
"With McMillan, you feel a draught coming from the blast of fresh air blowing through the dusty cobwebs that festoon most literary programmes" -- Sue Arnold * Observer *

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