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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. dgkaye says:

    This sounds like such an interesting read Olga. I’m bookmarking 🙂 x

    1. Thanks, Debby. There isn’t a moment’s boredom in the book and it’s such an interesting place as well. I hope you have a fabulous week. ♥

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  2. My own experiences of visits to Manchester are less edifying, I am sad to say.
    I found it rather dismal, and because I am a Londoner, far from welcoming. I have not been back in decades, and I am aware that it is now much improved as a place to live. So I am sure that this book will find some happy Mancunians to read it. Maybe not a Londoner like me though. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Well, Pete, history is history and Manchester’s is interesting. (As you know London is full of places that are quite dismal as well). The North and South divide has some grain of truth, but I don’t think nowadays, with people moving across so often, and mines and industry having changed a lot, is as evident as it was before. (My cousin, who was born in London and grew up there visited Manchester with me a few years back and enjoyed it, but that was far more recent than your experience). My experience of the North has been quite positive, but I’m not English, so… I remember chatting to the husband of a woman from Barcelona. He was from Durham, and they (well, we all) lived in West Yorkshire when I met them. I remember I was telling them that I had recently visited Scotland and my experience (and that of my friend Iman, who is Egyptian) was very good (even the weather was better than we expected). I told him that people were very nice to us, and he replied: “Well, you’re not English” and, well, I can’t argue with that. Have a great week!

      1. Thanks, Olga. I was being tongue in cheek of course, and perhaps too much so. I am aware that Manchester has a fascinating history as the former industrial hub of Britain. The book will be valuable to many for that alone, I am sure.
        Best wishes, Pete.

        1. I know, I know! I hope the sun keeps shining there and you recover from the terrible weather yesterday. As much as I love walks, when the weather is dreadful it’s a challenge to feel upbeat. I think you’ll be familiar with tomorrow’s recommendation, or at least with some of the authors…;)

  3. This sounds fascinating, Olga. I feature Birmingham in Through the Nethergate, mainly because I have spent time there and it fitted my purpose. I researched the city and discovered some fascinating stuff about it.

    1. It’s always fun to research weird and wonderful stuff. I’ve only been to Birmingham a handful of times, and some for work (when I was working at the hospital in the outskirts of Manchester, we sometimes had to assess patients in Birmingham as well), but all cities have fascinating stories, and the older, the juicier. I thought you might appreciate this kind of book, with your interest in history and the UK. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks, Christoph!

  4. How could I resist something that combines information, history, and entertainment? This book had to be complicated for setting up a review, Olga. You did a splendid job. I definitely want to read it.
    I hope all is well in your world. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. You are right. It’s difficult to explain the mix of contents, but it is delightful, for sure. Have a lovely new week! Big hugs!

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