Last Book LovedAll Points North by Simon Armitage. Armitage writes with a sense of irony that seems to be the innate preserve of the British. Armitage is a poet who can write other kinds of "writings" well. Book is almost like a blog actually.
Even a little place like England has its North-South divide (consider that Scotland v England is a different beast altogether). Listening to members on either side of the hedge has always been fascinating, in the way it plays out in cricket (even further down to the Roses' counties), in football, in popular culture and even in the English language (listen to Mike Atherton and Geoff Boycott speaking on air). Armitage is a Yorkshire lad. He's lived and worked there. Now he's popular and one of the Booker Prize jury members this year.
The book has news articles from the region, public events such as putting up a pantomime in front of many, many people, personal journeys, househunting, poems, and musings. I wanted to put up a few poems like the one on the homeless, but alas, I have returned the book to the library. For what it's worth, a recommendation.