Stuart Maconie’s new book Pies and Prejudice, In Search of the North is a cracking good read. I’m almost finished it and have just discovered the village where I was born and bred even gets a name-check. It’s mostly the North-West that he covers in the book but I can just about forgive him for that as it’s a cracking read. Mind you, the reason I like the book so much is that I’m probably his intended audience being a Northerner having an ongoing love/hate relationship with living in London. Travelling either on GNER or by road, my North begins at York. For Maconie-man, the North begins in Stoke on Trent, which sounds more like the Midlands to me.