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Lee, Carl, Home, A Personal Geography of Sheffield (Sheffield: Fou Fou Publishing, 2009).

Extract from: Peter Kay, 'Carl Makes Plea for his Beloved City to be No Place like Clone', Sheffield Telegraph 13 March 2009.

Lecturer Carl Lee wanted to write a book to find out why Sheffield is such a great place to live. The result is also a plea for the city to retain its individuality. Carol Lee is one of those people, and there are many of them, who came to study in Sheffield and never left....

A lecturer at Sheffield College for the past 14 years, his passion for his adopted city is now expressed in Home, A Personal Geography of Sheffield.

Inevitably, it is rooted in a geographer's sense of place and context but the book is much more than that. It captures the spirit of the city – the characters, the history, the environmental and urban fabric and the peculiarities that add up to "one of the best-kept secrets in Britain".

Moreover, it's an argument, against a background of change and uncertainty, for Sheffield to retain its radicalism and identity, resisting any aspirations to become a "clone town".

The book is based on living in Sheffield over a year in 2008, capturing "the ordinary, the everyday and even the mundane".

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