Long Road from Jarrow: A journey through Britain then and now by Stuart Maconie

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Read Long Road from Jarrow: A journey through Britain then and now Online Free - In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie, walks from north to south retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Following history’s footsteps, Maconie is in search of what Modern Britain is really like today.

Travelling down the country’s spine, Maconie moves through a land that is, in some ways, very much the same as the England of the thirties with its political turbulence, austerity, north/south divide, food banks and of course, football mania. Yet in other ways, it is completely unrecognisable; highstreets peppered with pound shops and e-cigarette vendors, smoothie bars and Costas on every corner.

Maconie visits the great, established and yet evolving cities of Leeds, Sheffield and London, as well as the sleepy hamlets, quiet lanes and roaring motorways. He meets those with stories to tell and whose voices build a funny, complex and entertaining tale of Britain, then and now. Written in Maconie’s signature style, this is a fascinating exploration of a modern nation that, though looks and sounds strangely familiar, has been completely transformed.

Title : Long Road from Jarrow: A journey through Britain then and now
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ISBN : 1473527686
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Susan rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2017

Although Stuart Maconie had no particular connections with Jarrow, he ‘fancied going for a really long walk,’ and decided, in 2016, to retrace the 1936 Jarrow march. Over three and a half weeks, he planned to walk the nearly 300 miles from Jarrow to London. This march has taken on something of a...

Richard rated it ★★★★☆

July 27, 2017

A book that will appeal to all who like a travel book or some political insight into modern Britain. It is both an historical remembering of the Jarrow crusade when 200 unemployed men from the north marched to London in the hope to influence future decisions and capital investment to tackle their...

Stephen rated it ★★★★☆

August 21, 2017

enjoyed this social history travelogue as the author does the march 80 years after the original one in 1936 and looks at both englands 1936 and present day as he travels from Jarrow to London

Stephen rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2017

I have enjoyed all of Stuart Maconie's travel books and, although this one covers familiar ground (the north- south divide, popular culture etc), his decision to retrace the route of the 1930s Jarrow hunger march on its anniversary gives the book an added dimension, coming immediately after the v...

Ophelia Sings rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2017

In the opening pages of Long Road From Jarrow, Stuart Maconie, writing in late 2016, observes that 'A Conservative government recently returned to power with an increased majority. A Labour Party led into disarray by a leader widely seen as divisive and incompetent.' Well. If so much can change i...

John Plowright rated it ★★★★★

May 31, 2017

The town of Jarrow was literally built on coal, specifically the north Durham coalfield, but its great expansion from the Victorian era was attributable to the rise of Palmer’s shipyard, which became the second largest shipbuilder on the Tyne. In 1930, however, in response to the Great Depression...

Lady Fancifull rated it ★★★★☆

July 04, 2017

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it – George Santayana Stuart Maconie, author, broadcaster, journalist and commentator on cultural and social history is, by virtue of education and profession, now one of the intelligentsia. Very much a Lancashire lad (Wigan, as he reminds...

Sid rated it ★★★★★

July 19, 2017

I do like Stuart Maconie's books. He is a very intelligent, thoughtful observer, he always has interesting things to say about what he observes, he's often very funny and he's always a pleasure to read. In this book, Maconie retraces the route of the Jarrow Crusade, largely sticking to the origina...

Anne rated it ★★★★★

July 11, 2017

This is one of those books that you might not have picked up but will remain grateful you did. It will transcend generations and gender. Maconie is an excellent and witty guide through the rural quirks of England as he recreates the Jarrow march. Like many people, probably, I thought I "knew" thi...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

July 19, 2017

This is has to be the best book I've read so far this year....but I might be a little biased... I was born, and lived in, the North East (County Durham) and the Jarrow Crusade was very much part of local mythology. Both my parents grew up during the 30's and had stories and memories of how harsh t...

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