Today Will Be Different
Maria Semple - Maria Semple cut her teeth writing scripts for superior US comedies such as Arrested Development, and also scored a big hit with her epistolary second novel, Wh...
John Orton - “Aboot ten minutes later we heard the sound of an enemy plane, as though it was overheed, and then there was a loud crash.” When it comes to air-bombings over the...
Mari Hannah - One of the more grisly landmarks in Northumberland is Winter’s Gibbet, near Elsdon. A gallows it’s where the murderer William Winter was done away with in 1791. ...
Robert Harris - In the very near future, the (fictional) pope has just died and Lomeli, the Dean of the Cardinals, is tasked with organising the which will see one hundred and...
Alan Partridge: Nomad
Rob Gibbons, Neil Gibbons & Steve Coogan - Alan Partridge: “It’s funny how it can be easier to share your most intimate feelings with complete strangers than with the people c...
The Leveller Revolution
John Rees - The Levellers rose to prominence during the English Civil War of 1642-1651 and while opposed to the common ownership of land (that’ll be the Diggers you need for t...
Point of Contact
Richard Ayre - When people start mysteriously dying in Newcastle, and the local police force can’t get a handle on why, they get in touch with Ian Fenwick to see if he can pro...
Lights! Cameras! Tyneside!
Forget Carter is a new book that looks at the many films and TV shows that have been set in and around Newcastle.
Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
Nick Srnicek & Alex Williams - The Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci once said that capitalist power was dependent on what he termed hegemony – the engineering of consent accord...
One Blade Of Grass
Ant Macari - In 2015, two artists were commissioned to mark some of the iconic views of Teesdale: views which had inspired artists in the past or which had been chosen by memb...
Beryl Bainbridge: biography
Brendan King - “I didn’t want it like this. I just wanted to be with him. I just wanted to love and be loved in return.” This lament, culled from a letter sent by Beryl Bainbr...
The New Yorker Book of the 60s
Various authors - Since 1925 The New Yorker has documented the ebb and flow of one of the greatest cities on earth (as well as looking at what’s going on in the wider world), ...
Shtum: The Stutter Poems
David Bateman - David Bateman had a severe stutter as a child and teenager, and although he had successful speech therapy in 1980, still stutters slightly. He is well position...