ENGLISH JOURNEY. J B Priestley (£25)
WHEN we want to know what other people think about Huddersfield, one of the people we turn to is fellow Yorkshireman, author and playwright J B Priestley.
In his seminal work, English Journey, a tour of Britain conducted in the Depression years, you search in vain for anything weighty about Huddersfield, even though we’re so near his home town of Bradford. We’re gone in half a dozen lines.
Our factories ‘roar and steam in the valleys’. We are ‘not a handsome town, but ... famous ... for the intelligence and independence of its citizens.’
But this is a sharply observed tour of England, criticised once for its biting honesty, and now beautifully reworked.