So Spirited a Town: Visions and Versions of Liverpool (Paperback)
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Short Description for So Spirited a Town A personal record of growing up in Liverpool in 1950s and 1960s, exploring what it means to be 'Scouse'. This book is about how Liverpool has been seen by others.
- Published: 01 July 2008
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781846311284 ISBN 10: 1846311284
- Sales rank: 1,515,728
Full description for So Spirited a Town
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.