Enough! For far too long, Lancashire has languished under the grimy pall of smoke and muck and mills and mines, smothered by the easy put-down that the north of England is just up there and 'grim'. But Lancashire is not up there. Lancs is actually ...
situated in the centre of the British Isles. And far from being grim, it is a place of wit and wonder, romance and surprise, a land of exotic influence whose people have always looked beyond frontiers and seas. Balzac, the great French writer, recognised these affinities and yearnings in the Lancashire people when he had one of his characters declare that Lancashire is the county where women die of love. Mock if you like, but then think about it: where is the magnificent thoroughfare that inspired the boulevards of Paris? Where did they go to film Brief Encounter, the most romantic British film ever made? Which city informed the great vision of C.G. Jung? Where did the young Shakespeare dream and draw his inspired imaginings? Where do you think Britains only bullfighter is from? Where will the new Las Vegas be? Join Charles Nevin, Fleet Street journalist and humorist, as he returns to his roots and reveals all this and more. Discover the true Camelot and the beauty that is rugby league. See where Lancastrians go to die, but first visit Lost Lancashire and its great twin and revived cities, Manchester and Liverpool. Come to Salford, Oldham, Darwen and Oswaldtwistle, find out what happened when Mr Engels and Mr Gandhi met Old King Cotton and wonder at its suitably exotic, exciting and significant legacies, including the vibrant Lancashire Asian communities. Mull over why Britains greatest comics, from Laurel to Coogan, Formby to Vegas, Dodd to Kay, Fields to Wood, Morecambe and Dawson, have all come from Lancs. Mere coincidence? Give over, and read on . . .