Cold Water Part Two: a walk in search of Manchester (and Salford) bars – The Curiously Specific Book Club
Taking Gwendoline Riley’s exquisitely concise novel for a walk around Manchester, we’re drawn across Piccadilly Gardens, through the Arndale Centre, across to a Salford pub and then back and round to the Central Library and the canal. We marvel at how rapidly Manchester keeps changing – old buildings demolished, new ones thrown up in their place. We lament the passing of all of George Best’s many pubs and clubs. We celebrate our own memories of 90s Madchester and pay tribute to Riley’s acute snapshot of the Manchester of the next generation – dour, damp and semi-derelict, and yet resilient, wry and poetic.
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