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Pride Of Manchester Awards 2009-10
Pride Of Manchester Award 2009-10 for Best Manchester Book
This year we've introduced a new award for the best book with a local connection. This includes books by Mancunian authors, novels set in Manchester, Mancunian biographies and guides to Manchester history, football, music or architecture. Highlights from 2009 include Manchester crime novels 'Fever Of The Bone' by Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah's 'The Other Half Lives', 'The Kindest Thing' by Cath Staincliffe, 'The Edge' by Chris Simms and Bill Rogers 'The Cleansing'. Chris Evans, Peter Kay, Take That, Mark Radcliffe, Mark E Smith, Peter Hook, Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish all released autobiographies, whilst the scores of great football books included 'Manchester United The Biography' and 'The Big Book Of City'. The bestsellers lists included the screenplay of 'Looking For Eric', and Stuart Maconie's 'Adventures On The High Seas' whilst music fans would love 'Tony Wilson - You're Entitled to an Opinion', 'Mozipedia - The Encyclopedia Of Morrissey and The Smiths', 'Factory - The Story of the Record Label', John Robb's 'The North Will Rise Again - Manchester Music City' and Kevin Cummins stunning visual record of the city and its pop history .
2,133 members nominated 43 different books with the final result being...
WINNER ~ Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain ~
In an incredibly close result, legendary Mancunian photographer Kevin Cummins' truly beautiful collection won 15% of the vote, just 0.3% more than the second place book.
'Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain' captures the past 30 years of highs, lows and transcendent pop moments of Manchester's most famous musical icons, including Tony Wilson, Joy Division, The Fall, Buzzcocks, New Order, The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and Oasis.
Whether it be the backdrop of an unloved Arndale, a rented room in Whalley Range, the rain-soaked streets of Hulme, the historic bridges in Castlefield or the dance floor of the Hacienda, the 250 exquisite photographs capture the anarchic energy of the Manchester music scene and are all linked together by wonderful first hand commentaries from the musicians themselves as well as Paul Morley, Stuart Maconie, Gavin Martin and John Harris. But it is the pictures that tell their own story.
2nd ~ Saturday Night Peter
~ Peter Kay ~
3rd ~ Adventures On The High Teas
~ Stuart Maconie ~
Also shortlisted...
~ Looking For Eric (Paul Laverty)
~ Tony Wilson - You're Entitled To An Opinion (David Nolan)
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