Sunday Times bestseller- Maconie walks North to South through Brexit Britain, retracing the route of the 1936 Jarrow Crusade. 80 years on he finds a divided, complex country that in some ways hasn't change at all and in others, is completely unrecognisable.
Stuart Maconie is a writer, broadcaster and journalist familiar to millions from his work in print, on radio and on TV. His previous bestsellers have included Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas, and he currently hosts the afternoon show on BBC 6music with Mark Radcliffe as well as weekly show The Freak Zone. Based in the cities of Birmingham and Manchester, he can also often be spotted on top of a mountain in the Lake District with a Thermos flask and individual pork pie.
A tribute and a rallying call * The Guardian *
Maconie's book is not only a heartfelt tribute to Wilkinson and the marchers, but a reaffirmation of the role of the personal within the political, and a rallying call for anyone stirred by the story of Jarrow * The Observer *
With yet another conservative government refusing to budge it is hard to avoid Maconie's conclusion that persuading the uncommitted is as vital as ever * New Statesman *
The result is this rich, evocative book. Part travelogue, part history, part examination of a nation in flux. It is all a delight **** * Mail on Sunday, EVENT Magazine *
Footsore in spacetime, hiking simultaneously through memory and landscape, in Long Road from Jarrow Stuart Maconie shadows the defiant, desperate and dignified crusade of 1936 through a modern world where everything has changed except for the austerity, the poverty, the national and global instability, the worrying ascendancy of fascism, and the resilient decency of ordinary people. This is a necessary book; a necessary journey through English identity, and one which you'll be glad that you embarked on. Now, yes, now is the hour. -- Alan Moore