Northern Light: A Treasury of Short Stories about Northen England, its History, Heritage and People

By Howard M Beck

General non-fiction, Travel, Short stories | Paperback, eBook


Northern England is known for many things — some of them serious, others a little wacky — the Rhubarb Triangle, and Eccles cakes, the Devil’s Arrows, monkey hangers, the curious Burning Bartley ceremony and a screaming skull. There are places called Crackpot, Booze, No Place, Sexton, Bug Thorpe, Friar’s Goose, Foggy Furze and Giggleswick. It is home to the very odd sports of knur and spell, Cumberland wrestling and ferret legging; and is the birthplace of Guido (Guy) Fawkes, Mr Foggitt, the Brontës, Freddie Trueman, Stan Laurel, the Clitheroe Kid, the Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian and James Cook. Northern Light is a collection of short stories, each a snapshot of life, culture, customs, humour, tradition and history in the land of flat caps and black puddings. Ay, and ducks that fly back’ards to keep the muck out of their eyes. Published Sept.2014 23x15 cm 158 pages Available in paperback from Blurb UK


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Northern England is known for many things — some of them serious, others a little wacky — the Rhubarb Triangle, and Eccles cakes, the Devil’s Arrows, monkey hangers, the curious Burning Bartley ceremony and a screaming skull. There are places called Crackpot, Booze, No Place, Sexton, Bug Thorpe, Friar’s Goose, Foggy Furze and Giggleswick. It is home to the very odd sports of knur and spell, Cumberland wrestling and ferret legging; and is the birthplace of Guido (Guy) Fawkes, Mr Foggitt, the Brontës, Freddie Trueman, Stan Laurel, the Clitheroe Kid, the Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian and James Cook. Northern Light is a collection of short stories, each a snapshot of life, culture, customs, humour, tradition and history in the land of flat caps and black puddings. Ay, and ducks that fl...


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The author has been a freelance writer and photographer for over 40 years. During this time he has been a regular contributor of illustrated features to local and national magazines. His work also appears in tourism-promotion, advertising and calendars. To date he has produced almost 30 books on themes such as adventure and exploration, local, natural and aeronautical history, travel, walking, self-help and landscape photography.



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