Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Stories behind the book ........ nu 3 making new friends

Now what I like about writing books is that once the research and the writing has been done and the finished product sits there on the shelf the fun has only just begun.

Since we published Manchester Pubs in late December we have had a shed load of enquiries followed up by heaps of sales.

And with all that has also come the opportunity to meet new people and renew old friendships.

So last week we met up with Paul and his son in the Beech which seemed an appropriate venue to sell the book.

Paul lives in north Manchester and went to Salford University and was a mine of information about some of the old pubs on Greengate, Chapel Street and Lower Broughton.

Like wise our neighbour Jill knocked on just the day before Christmas Eve and bought a copy for her husband as a surprise presi.

And tonight Peter is off to meet up with the Central Manchester CAMRA Branch Meeting at The Britons Protection to talk about the book.

I wanted to go but we still have family over from Italy, and there hangs a tale because Franca whose command of English far out strips my Italian has taken a copy back to Italy and when the second wave arrived from Milan on New Year’s Eve they also fell on the book.

All of which leaves me to reflect that a little bit of Manchester now sits on shelves just north of Milan.

And for those with an eye for detail I direct you to the picture opposite which with tongue in cheek Peter has adapted from a 1904 photograph of Portland Street.

You can order the book from www.pubbooks.co.uk or collect it by prior arrangement from Chorlton, and that is all you are getting for now.

Pictures; Portland Street, Princess Street corner, T. Baddeley, 1904, m04857, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, http://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php?session=pass

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