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Hometown Tales: Birmingham

Maria Whatton, Stewart Lee

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Memoirs, Local interest, family history & nostalgia, Travel writing

Hometown Tales: Celebrating regional voices

Two arresting tales of life in Birmingham

Original tales by remarkable writers Hometown Tales is a series of books pairing exciting new voices with some of the most talented and important writers at work today. Some of the tales are fiction and some are narrative non-fiction - they are all powerful, fascinating and moving, and aim to celebrate regional diversity and explore the meaning of home.

In these pages on Birmingham, you'll find two unique tales. 'Silver in the Quarter' is a vivid coming-of-age fiction about a boy who finds himself caught up in the Birmingham pub bombings of 1974 by Maria Whatton. 'In the Ape's Shadow' is a fascinating exploration of the music scene that inspired him growing up in Birmingham, by BAFTA Award-winning comedian and author Stewart Lee.

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Praise for Hometown Tales: Birmingham

  • One of the top three or four living stand-ups.. - TIME OUT

  • Another comedy great who truly advances the art of stand-up. Perfection - RADIO TIMES on COMEDY VEHICLE

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Maria Whatton

Maria Whatton was born in Liverpool and moved to the Midlands in the 1990s where she married a Birmingham firefighter and raised a family. She is a multi-award-winning storyteller who tours nationally and internationally telling ancient legends and folk tales. She lectures and performs in theatres, festivals and educational establishments.