The Manchester Compendium, By Ed Glinert

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Times and trends catch up fast with Chorlton (where your reviewer once lived). This modish suburb of "Labour Party stalwarts" returned a LibDem MP in 2005. That's the joy of Glinert's addictive follow-up to his East End and West End Chronicles.

Anyone with Mancunian connections can put a pedantic oar in while saluting the charm and erudition of this street-by-street gazetteer. Yes, Factory Records, Lowry Best, Morrissey and Engels, get their due. But it's the little things that stick. The bootleg album of Dylan's "Judas!" gig at the Free Trade Hall bore the title Live at the Albert Hall. Sacrilege!

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