Lost & Imagined Manchester is out now

Explore the city that was, and the city that might have been…



Lost & Imagined Manchester, the latest book by acclaimed author Jonathan Schofield, the well-known Manchester guide, writer and broadcaster, is available now.

It tells the story of more than fifty lost and imagined buildings and projects in Manchester, including some of the grandest buildings and plans ever dreamt up in the UK but also more modest buildings that go to the heart of city life.

Expect cathedrals, castles, palaces, pubs, race courses, skyscrapers, stadiums and even the apocalypse. There are surprises throughout, complete with a lively and witty text. The book provides fascination and interest as standard.

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Manchester: the Complete Guide to the City is out now

The definitive companion for visitors or residents, Manchester: the Complete Guide to the City is out now


Manchester: the Complete Guide to the City, is the most authoritative guide to the city for visitors or residents. It looks at Manchester’s past, present and future, it describes the main monuments, museums and galleries whilst also giving the lowdown on where to stay, eat, drink, dance, watch sport or shop. There are four walking itineraries around the city and recommendations for where to take excursions. Biographies of key citizens and episodes in Manchester’s lively history are revealed.

The editor and principal writer of this book is Jonathan Schofield, a well-known Manchester guide, writer and broadcaster.

This is the first in the My Guide to series of books about UK cities.   

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Guidebooks go on display

Guidebooks go on display

Crispy Squirrel and Vimto Trifle is out now

Acclaimed chef Robert Owen Brown’s cookbook Crispy Squirrel and Vimto Trifle is out now

Crispy Squirrel & Vimto Trifle book

“Robert Owen Brown is the real thing… a chef who combines oceans of technique with an instinct to feed and a deep understanding of gutsy cooking…” Jay Rayner

Crispy Squirrel and Vimto Trifle is a celebration of Robert Owen Brown’s genius as a chef. It is also an exploration of how his North Western roots have been central to how he thinks about – and cooks – food.

Admired by food critics such as Jay Rayner and fellow chefs of the calibre of Fergus Henderson, Robert Owen Brown not only knows all the correct preparations of tripe and how to present the perfect grouse, but is a chef of great finesse: pearl barley risotto with beetroot and Leagram’s curd cheese, anyone?

But whatever he cooks he does so from the heart, from the traditions  he’s learnt and the techniques he’s acquired in his part of the world; the North West of England.

Now running his own events and catering company, and before then Executive Head Chef at The Mark Addy on the banks of the River Irwell on the Manchester/Salford border, Robert has previously worked in some of Manchester’s best-loved dining establishments, including The French at the Midland, Brasserie St Pierre, Reform, Lounge Ten, The Bridge and The Angel.

Crispy Squirrel and Vimto Trifle reflects all of Robert’s talents. It is a rich mixture of recipes together with a no-holds barred insight into the life of a chef – some of the anecdotes will make you laugh out loud.

Written by Neil Sowerby, and sumptuously photographed and designed by Joby Catto this is a practical yet beautiful and informative book. It is the perfect gift for the food lover.

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