Wigan is Wonderful by Julian Simpson

Wigan. The birthplace of northern soul and home of the world's most famous pier. A place Jason knows is wonderful because it contains everything he'll ever need: an endless stream of beer, girls and weekends where anything can happen. A town Denise wants to settle in forever with her boyfriend and baby, and somewhere Mark dreams of escaping but feels unavoidably trapped by.

Jason's family and friends may not have much, but they do have each other. However, when their personal and collective lives start spiralling out of control, as the revelry is replaced by reality, even being together may not be enough.

The grittiest and most realistic depiction of the north since Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Wigan is Wonderful uncovers everyday life at its most desperate and most sublime.

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