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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Blur: 3862 Days: The Official Story (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Folklore: The Official History of James (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cider With Roadies (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hope& Glory: The Days That Made Britain (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Never Mind the Quantocks (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pie at Night: In Search of the North at Play (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Long Road from Jarrow: A Journey Through Britain Then and Now (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nanny State Made Me: A Story of Britain and How to Save It (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Full English: A Journey in Search of a Country and Its People (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

On Nature: Ramblings on the British Countryside(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
One for the Road: An Anthology of Pubs and Poetry(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Stuart Maconie is a journalist, radio, and TV presenter, columnist, and author.

He is the bestselling travel writer in the UK when it comes to non-TV tie-in novels and his 2007 published novel “Pies and Prejudice” would become one of the most popular paperbacks in 2008.
The Times called him a “National Treasure,” while he has often been compared to the likes of John Peel, Alan Bennett, and Bill Bryson.

On radio, he is the co-host of the BBC Radio 2s “Radcliffe and Maconie Show” every Thursday and Monday evening. He is also on 6Music’s “The Freak Zone” every Sunday afternoon and has presented and panned dozens of BBC Radio shows.
On TV, he has presented on BBC’s “Style on Trial,” and “Pop on Trial” in addition to Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns. The latter documents life in the larger cities in Britain, and how they shape modern cultural life.
In addition to making appearances in “Never Mind the Buzzcocks” and Peter Kay’s “Phoenix Nights,” he was also one of the favorite characters in “I Love the 1970s” on the BBC.

Apart from all that, he has the honor of running regular columns in “Country Walking” and “The Radio Times” and writes for “The Mirror” and “WORD” magazine.

As a now-celebrated author, he seemed set to pursue a career as a comedian back in the 1990s. During that time, he worked on radio shows such as “The Treatment,” the topical guest fest, and “Fantastic Voyage,” the quasi-sitcom.
When he finally got into “I Love the 90s,” he first collaborated with Andrew Collins, a fellow music journalist who would then move on to the “Collings and Herrin” podcast and “Grass, Not Going Out.”
While many of his peers such as Arthur Mathews, Graham Linehan, and David Quantick found their comfort zone penning comedy, Maconie went on a tangent.

After working in radio and TV for years, he decided that he also needed to add a writer to his CV. He made his debut with the publishing of “Cider with Roadies,” a brilliant memoir that introduced him as an author.
He has also published “The Nanny State Made Me,” a nonfiction work, in which he shares his experiences growing up as a Northerner, and how his life was shaped by the welfare state.

Outside of the creative arts and media, he is a supporter of “Wigan Warriors” and “Wigan Athletic.” He is also politically left of center and at the age of 17, he joined the Labour Party.

Stuart Maconie’s “Pies and Prejudice” is a clever and funny travelogue about the north of England.

According to Maconie, northern England is a region that is often stereotyped by the media classes in London. The author focuses on the larger cities, even though he sometimes has forays further out.
He details the historical and social aspects, particularly the musical forces that shaped northern England.

He ruminates on the region’s architectural heritage and makes knowing references to music cultures that are best described as obscure, even though this is a very informative guide.

He has some very interesting passages such as when he describes a bottle of bells in the pocket, mutton chops, and the attitudes towards northern correspondents by those living in the larger southern cities such as London.
There are also passages where he describes Wilmslow in Cheshire with its footballer and wag culture, which was very detailed in explaining how the post-industrial north works under new economic forces.
You also get a ton of literary references and history thrown in there too.

When it comes to his description of Manchester with its 80s music, culture and bleak spaces, no one does it better than Stuart Maconie.

Stuart Maconie’s work “Cider with Roadies” is a surprisingly entertaining memoir that looks into pop music from the 1970s.

The author begins by relating how he came to be obsessed with pop music, which began when he was three years old.

It was at this very young age that he first heard “Can’t Buy Me Love” by “The Beatles.”

He would go through various iterations of musical fashions as he grew in enthusiasm, bought records, learned to play the guitar, and even attempted to form a band.
He was among the first punks in Wigan that bravely eschewed what was then widespread flare for straight-legged trousers.

Ultimately, he got a job teaching A-level English and it was during this time that he was invited to write articles for the New Musical Express.
He was also offered a chance to go interview INXS in Seattle but never had the time to do so as it was in the middle of the school term.

Ultimately, he got a full-time job at NME interviewing his beloved musical greats.

Even though much of the work talks of people you might never have heard of, Maconie is a great writer who tells an amusing story that it will not matter that you do not know his subjects.
Nonetheless, it will be even more interesting if you are familiar with the people in the memoir.

“Adventures on High Teas” is an interesting work by Stuart Maconie who chronicles his search for Middle England.

In his introduction, he sets Meriden, Warwickshire as the Centre of England, which is commendable and sets the tone for the rest of the work.
He then continues to document his search for literary England in Gloucestershire, Birmingham, and Bath.

What I found prosaic was his description of the “Lord of the Rings” location of the “Two Towers.” He also investigates the origin stories of a range of musicians who found their inspiration in the traditions and landscapes of their childhoods.
He also includes a very evocative chapter on some very English cuisine.

Overall, the work is a reflection of the author’s tastes, even though he for the most part does not get out of the heartland of England’s shires.

Nonetheless, this work has beautiful descriptions and comes with a lot of wit and humor. As such, for anyone who is thinking of places to visit in England or just loves to learn about the country, there is no better read.

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