Issue 4 of The Merseysider is now available! It’s on sale at the usual outlets (see list below), or you can buy it from us for just £2.50 post free – JUST CLICK ’BUY’ ABOVE TO PURCHASE THE MAGAZINE ONLINE USING PAYPAL. (If you’d rather send a cheque, please email us for how to do this: firstname.lastname@example.org.) Remember also that we can send the magazine anywhere in the UK for this price – The Merseysider makes a great gift!
Issue 4 is a great mix of articles, features and interviews. Contents include: classic Liverpool films, alternative Merseyside sports, Birkenhead and Sefton Parks, a Tom Slemen tale, the Scouse dialect, an interview with Eddie Amoo of The Real Thing, Merseysiders on Desert Island Discs, buying affordable art, Hale Village, Nathaniel Hawthorne, a short story and much more.
From stage versions of Crime And Punishment and 1984 to Aladdin and Mark Thomas – the Liverpool Playhouse 2013/14 season has just been announced! For full details click here.
Many readers have enjoyed reading in Issue 4 our interview with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Frankie Connor about Liverpool: It All Came Tumbling Down, the classic book about the city’s lost streets and buildings that he put together with his brother Freddy. The book’s been out of print for many years but has now been reissued in a greatly expanded edition. The interview’s now on the website: click here to read it. Frankie and Freddy signed copies of the book at a special event at the BBC Radio Merseyside shop on 11 May (see photos below). There was a huge turnout – well deserved, because it’s a great read and has some brilliantly evocative photographs.
Another great book is How I Didn’t Become A Beatle by Brian J Hudson, a memoir of life in Liverpool in the late Fifties and early Sixties. Brian was a jazz drummer who was also a founder member of Cass and the Casanovas (one of the first Merseybeat groups), and his friends included the sculptor Arthur Dooley. The book’s full of atmospheric period photographs, mostly taken by the author himself. Click here to read our review of How I Didn’t Become A Beatle.
The website’s continuing to develop, and lots more material has been added recently. As well as articles from previous issues of the magazine (such as a feature on Hale Village), there are completely new items, such as the review of Alexei Sayle’s recent appearance at FACT, or the feature on ITV’s Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour, which stars the Liverpool actor Shaun Evans.
For these examples of what else is available, simply click the links: The Beatles – 50 Fabulous Facts (an in-depth look at what happened to The Beatles in 1962); features on Woolton Village and West Kirby; interviews with The Farm’s Peter Hooton, Tony Barrow (The Beatles’ PR man in the Sixties), former Everton physio Mick Rathbone and Paul Barber (the popular Liverpool actor who was Denzil in Only Fools And Horses); local history features on Charles Dickens’s Liverpool and the incredible story of the CSS Alabama, the Birkenhead-built US Civil War fighting ship; an exploration of the Merseyside roots of Elvis Costello; an article celebrating 75 years of the Dandy; sports features, including: Merseyside’s Scottish football managers; the history of baseball in Liverpool, and how that tradition is being continued by the Liverpool Trojans; a profile of local cycling phenomenon Andy Wilkinson; and a report on the Ten Minutes of Hell cycling time trial through the Mersey Tunnel. Keep checking the website as there’s lots more to come!
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Many local newsagents also sell the magazine, and some of the other places where you can buy it are shown below.
News From Nowhere bookshop, Liverpool
Rennies Art Shop, Liverpool
Blackwells University Bookshop, Liverpool
Formby Books (Chapel Lane)
Linghams Bookshop, Heswall
Pritchards Bookshop, Crosby
Broadhursts Bookshop, Southport (Market St)
Oxton Village Books