Manchester Books Limited is a new publishing company based in the city. We will be publishing several titles a year on a range of subjects and themes which matter to the city and the north. Each book we publish will seek to inform, entertain… and occasionally challenge received wisdom.

The first, Crispy Squirrel and Vimto Trifle, is a glorious celebration of the life of a local chef of genius; Robert Owen Brown. The second book will be Manchester: a Comprehensive Guide – the first definitive guide to the city for many years – a practical tool to understanding the city, but also a fully illustrated and witty look at the ‘Capital of the North’.

In 1912 Judge Parry, a man who had settled in Manchester, wrote of his adopted city:

‘For Manchester is the place where people do things…”Don’t talk about what you are going to do – do it”. That is the Manchester habit. And in the past through the manifestation of this quality the word Manchester has become a synonym for energy and freedom and the right to do and to think without shackles.’

In the 1970s comedian Les Dawson said:

“There is an energy about Manchester that seems lacking in other cities, and if you see what the pigeons can do to a statue in Albert Square, the birds have it too.”

Manchester Books Limited will encapsulate all of this in its books: it will capture the best of the region, its achievement, its future but also its humour and character.