I loved this book...Lively, humorous and incisive
- The Dalesman
Chapters meander through villages, eras, topics; some sections are composed purely from snippets of observations, or extracts from conversations past and present. . . The sense of place for which [Barker] is searching becomes implicitly nostalgic.
- Times Literary Supplement
...a rich, sometimes sad, often funny book.
- Yorkshire Post
Paul mixes personal memories with interviews and criticisms to work out what makes the beloved area tick.
- Yorshire Ridings magazine
A vivid portrait of the place, its people and its progress...Sure to inspire others to go on a hunt of their own.
- Best of British
Perceptive, enjoyable book.
- The Lady
An evocative, affectionate and realistic look at the changing face of the small Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge.
- BBC Who Do You Think You Are
At once an invaluable social history and a 'bloody good story'.
- West End Extra
Provides plenty of food for thought.
- Hebden Bridge Times
Barker lets the journey take him where it will, a meandering underpinned by some very incisive journalism. No assumptions: he seeks out the villagers who can help... In his story of one village - which might be any village in these times of change - he takes us to a very rich place indeed.
Paul is perfectly placed to chronicle and analyse both the changes and the continuities that make Hebden Bridge special, and his lively, colourful portrayal mixes personal and family memories with interviews, investigations, as well as criticism.
- Halifax Courier
A classic in the making
- Simon Jenkins