Every generation, it seems, has its own Sherlock Holmes. For today’s app-happy screen-based oiks, it’s Benedict Cumberbatch with his ever-unpeeling meta narratives and seemingly bottomless budgets. For my early-80s lot – the noblest of the generations – it’s either Jeremy Brett or Basil Rathbone depending on whether you preferred the vulgar pleasures of ITV or the rarefied atmosphere of BBC Two where they showed classic black-and-white reruns in the Friday post-Grange Hill slot.
It always helps an interview along when you discover a family connection to the global mega-star sitting in front you. Alas, the branches of my ancestral tree aren’t much entangled with Sting’s as far as I’m aware, but the editor of Northern Soul did furnish me with details of her own familial cross-pollination on the day I met the unfeasibly successful, unfeasibly trim singer and songwriter. “Sting’s dad was my Nana’s milkman,” she told me.
There are many reasons to feel a surge of joy at the sight of the Liverpool skyline. There’s the architecture for instance, the way the buildings rise, fall and crescendo like a riverside musical score. And there’s the natural topography, with the apron of the Mersey tucked into a sandstone ridge that gives the edifices something to cling to. But peeking between the pinnacles and towers, there’s also an artwork of considerable beauty, a piece that many people see without quite realising it’s there.
This novel taunted me from my bookshelf for four years. "You daren't tackle me" it said. "I'm 700 pages of brutal repetition". But I've just finished it. And it is all that. But it's also gripping and inspiring and heartbreaking. So let that be a lesson. #davidpeace#shanklyhttps://t.co/k9nNhubADV
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