The Fleet Street of the North

A new book covering the period when national newspapers were produced in Manchester will be published in September.

The Other Fleet Street is by Robert Waterhouse, who worked on the nationals in the north and was also behind the North West Times, the shortlived quality broadsheet launched from Manchester in 1988.

Waterhouse describes the book as “a celebration” of the years between 1900-1988 when daily national newspapers were published in the city and employed thousands of staff.

He said: “Accounts of the history of Fleet Street have footnotes, at best, for Manchester. Northern editions were not systematically filed; even the British Library is light on them.

“Luckily, people with strong memories survive. Collected in the book are the stories behind the stories — from characters on all sides of the presses.”

The Other Fleet Street, published by First Edition Limited at £14.99, will also contain 200 photographs, front pages and other illustrations testifying to Manchester’s importance as a newspaper centre.

By Jon Slattery

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