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Hurricane Port: A Social History of Liverpool
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Hurricane Port: A Social History of Liverpool

by Andrew Lees
 

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Scousers believe they live in a special place, one that has more in common with Salvador da Bahia, New Orleans or Gdansk than anywhere in England, and the city has always punched above its weight. In less than a hundred years, however, Liverpool's image has declined from a major mercantile player known as the Second City of the Empire to what some social

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Scousers believe they live in a special place, one that has more in common with Salvador da Bahia, New Orleans or Gdansk than anywhere in England, and the city has always punched above its weight. In less than a hundred years, however, Liverpool's image has declined from a major mercantile player known as the Second City of the Empire to what some social commentators have described as a cultural backwater remembered largely as the place where the Beatles were born.

In The Hurricane Port, Andrew Lees reveals how Liverpool's pre-eminence in the slave trade left an indelible scar on the psychogeography of the city. He also explores the roots of the city's contrary nature, its rebelliousness and its hedonism, as well as some of the recent hurricanes that have battered the city, including the anger of Toxteth, Militant's stand against Margaret Thatcher and the murder of James Bulger. In this distinctly personal account, Lees defines the characteristics of this Celtic enclave with her loudmouthed, big-hearted people who have created a city quite different from anywhere else in the world.

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"Powerful, passionate, punchy and provocative."  —Liverpool Echo

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ISBN-13:
9781780575483
Publisher:
Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.77(h) x 0.80(d)

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"Powerful, passionate, punchy and provocative."  —Liverpool Echo

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ANDREW LEES was born on Merseyside and is a Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. He is the author of Ray of Hope, the authorised biography of Ray Kennedy, the Arsenal and Liverpool football player who developed Parkinson's disease at the age of 35.

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