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An author or authoress who most epitomises your home patch

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Yammy Sun 13-Jun-21 10:27:59

Let's lighten up for the weekend
Sometimes we think of where we really come from and most people have a favourite author/authoress who writes or wrote about it. Who would be your choice for your home patch?
Melvyn Bragg automatically comes to mind for mine but my favourite is George MacDonald Frasers{Flashman}" Quartered safe out here". A novel based on the Border Regiment as was, serving in Burma during W11, he captures the men and their feelings, attitudes and localness so well. There is also a glossary of colloquial terms in the back.

FannyCornforth Sun 13-Jun-21 10:36:59

Sorry to get off to a bad start Yammy, but it really is just 'author'.

Redhead56 Sun 13-Jun-21 11:19:34

Jimmy McGovern is a wonderful writer and producer. He is famous for films Hillsborough Dockers Priest Sunday. To name just a few including television series the most recent Time The Street going back a bit Cracker The Lakes Brookside. His writing is endless with such clarity and grit and engaging.

He has written so much for theatre and won numerous awards for his outstanding work. Brought up in Liverpool from a working class back ground I think it puts heart into his writing. People in Liverpool do get passionate about what they believe in and stand their ground. I am bias I admire him and his work so much but then I would because I’m Liverpudlian.

Namsnanny Sun 13-Jun-21 11:22:21

Nobody writes much about my neck of the woods!

FannyCornforth Sun 13-Jun-21 12:11:21

Ditto Nams
The suburbs of Derby are somewhat under represented

Yammy Sun 13-Jun-21 12:35:04


Sorry to get off to a bad start Yammy, but it really is just 'author'.

Don't be sorry you would have enjoyed being my teacher or lecturer and got through a lot of red pens I'm dyslexic.

janeainsworth Sun 13-Jun-21 12:45:37

Well my favourite author is Barbara Pym, but she doesn’t write about where I’m from.
What I like about her is her dry wit, her splendid observations of people’s quirks and the minutiae of their daily lives, and her immaculate use of the English language.

Fanny we really don’t need you to lecture us. If you want to point out that some women object to being called authoresses, actresses or bus conductresses instead of a gender-neutral term, then just say so.

MayBee70 Sun 13-Jun-21 12:58:53

I suppose the nearest Derby has are Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine albeit being more Staffordshire/Nottinghamshire. I did grow up next to the street where they filmed parts of Cathy Come home though. Doesn’t get much closer than that I guess!

sodapop Sun 13-Jun-21 13:06:41

As you say a bad start FannyCornforth was that correction really necessary.

eazybee Sun 13-Jun-21 13:11:43

Authoress is a perfectly correct term to use.

3dognight Sun 13-Jun-21 13:19:17

D H Lawrence, he wrote about the
mining towns and pit villages around about me here in north Nottinghamshire

GrannyGravy13 Sun 13-Jun-21 13:22:21

We have a home grown author from our locale, Martina Cole???

Amberone Sun 13-Jun-21 16:32:43

They're a bit dated now but Richard Llewellyn (How Green was my Valley) and Alexander Cordell (Rape of The Fair Country and many others). How Green was my Valley was a bit romanticized but both authors described how the beautiful valleys of South Wales were smothered by the waste from mining and steel industries and the dreadful conditions experienced by the workers. Alexander Cordell is more gritty but his books describe lots of the traditions of the area and ways of life that are long gone.

FannyCornforth Sun 13-Jun-21 16:39:21


As you say a bad start FannyCornforth was that correction really necessary.

Probably not. I apologise Yammy and anyone else who's nose I have got up, especially JaneAinsworth, one of my favourite contributers.
I still think that it's a daft word - but it really doesn't matter, does it, and I shouldn't have been petty. Sorry thanks

FannyCornforth Sun 13-Jun-21 16:40:14

Whose - obvs! smile

janeainsworth Sun 13-Jun-21 17:54:02


Yammy Sun 13-Jun-21 20:10:34

Apologies accepted Fanny, I did check before I used the term because unfortunately, it does not show on a spell check. My maternal family are blighted by the condition my own DD and GD have it as do a lot of cousins and relis going way back.
We all joked that a member of the family wrote like James Joyce, A stream of consciousness with no punctuation though Joyce could spell.
thanks for your apology