The book was published in April and had rave reviews and endorsements from the likes of Lemn Sissay and Hilary Benn MP, who said:
“I urge you to read this book; you will not be disappointed. On the contrary, you will be uplifted, amused, frustrated, informed and then uplifted again.”
The audio book is narrated by Alan Lane himself and yes, he does all the voices except for poet Ian McMillan who appears as himself reading Holbeck’s Never Ending Story, the poem he wrote when The Holbeck received its Blue Plaque in 2019. There is also original music from RashDash theatre company.
Commenting on the audiobook, Alan told South Leeds Life:
“The reception that The Club on the Edge of Town has had was so overwhelming, so positive and so generous from all over the country that we were very excited to share the brilliant story of Holbeck and Slung Low (so far) in an audio format. All of us in South Leeds know how amazing the area is, particularly Holbeck, but that sometimes isn’t fully understood without the city and the audiobook is part of our contribution to ensuring that as many of the positive and brilliant stories of the area reach as wide an audience as possible.
“It was great when recording the book to be reminded of the brilliant volunteers and heroes who came to help the community through that first Covid crisis – to be reminded of all that kindness and energy in Holbeck, all that brilliance making Holbeck a great place to work and live. That this story is going out into the world again with renewed energy is incredibly exciting.”
The audiobook is available on Audible and Amazon, it should also be available very soon on iTunes.
The book is published by Salamander Street at £12.99, or borrow it free from your local library.