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2,000 Years of Manchester (Paperback)

Local History British History True Crime P&S History Social History Victorian Era

By Kathryn Coase
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Integrated black and white images (100+)
ISBN: 9781526715098
Published: 4th February 2019
Last Released: 15th April 2021



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This is not a chronological history of Manchester with lists of facts and figures. Rather, it is an eclectic mix of fact, fiction, legend and myth which presents the history of Manchester from its beginnings as a Roman settlement, then as an insignificant market town, to its place as a city at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and beyond.

The author has attempted to capture not only the often tragic lives, times, struggles and beliefs of the city’s ever-expanding population, but also its resilience and humour. Including photographs, illustrations, poems and quotes, the book ranges from the humorous, including the stories of “Spanking Roger” and the “Manchester Mummy” to the tragic stories of “Cholera” and “Mary Bradley”, together with the bizarre “Pig Tales” and the criminal “Scuttlers” and “Purrers”.

This is a well-researched, well-written and, most importantly, entertaining and informative read, presented in an unusual yet accessible and easy-to-read format, intended to appeal to the widest audience.

"This is an excellent collection to dip into".

Best of British Magazine - June 2021

Coase goes right into it no preamble and offers brief snippets on topics, like regional history, industry, architecture, anthropology, points of interest, important people, war, religion, criminal activity and prisons, public health and hospitals with squared off phrases and quotes to serve as captions and catch the eye.

GoodReads, Kristine Fisher

Featured in 'Family Tree Subs Club'

Family Tree, August 2019

Listed in BRITAIN magazine's "Reading Corner"

BRITAIN magazine, July 2019

In sum, this is a highly entertaining and informative book that I recommend to anybody who’s ever wondered about Manchester’s history (or the history of the UK). It can be read whole or by topics and it also makes for a great reference book. It is full of inspiration for writers and historians trying to get a sense of how things have changed over time and to get a perspective on the evolution of a city and its people. Fabulous.

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Author Translator, Olga Nunez Miret

Mancunians and people from all over the world will be fascinated by Kathryn’s portrait of one of the major British cities and the one that has produced perhaps the most famous football club in the world…

Books Monthly


This is an excellent and fun book that conveys many of the stories and plenty of the history of Manchester. This is a history book that is actually fun to read!

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Reviewed by Paul Diggett via Amazon, Goodreads. Guardian Bookshop, Library Thing & Waterstones

About Kathryn Coase

As a Mancunian, Kathryn Coase has been interested in the history of Manchester for many years and has possessed a longstanding ambition to research and write a book on the subject. After 30 years of teaching, she has finally decided to take some time out in order to fulfil this dream.

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