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Writing about the north of England has for years woefully concentrated on the bleak and dour. This is one of the themes of True North, a book by Northern Editor of The Guardian, Martin Wainwright. In this talk he shows that where authors have achieved a balanced, contextual description of the North, their good work has been undone by critics, the media and others via the selection only of the glum side. Wainwright presents a contrary image and argues that it is important to do so if the present, shameful, imbalance between northern and metropolitan England is to be put right, as it must be.
Martin Wainwright is northern editor of The Guardian. Born in Leeds, he co-authored the Which? Guide to Yorkshire & The Peak District. Two of his recent books are The English Village and True North.