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Stripped Tees: Hope and Endurance in the North East by Natalie Hardwick & Richard Milward

Stripped Tees is a double essay from two writers; novelist Richard Milward and BBC journalist Natalie Hardwick. Born and bred in Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees respectively, they explore the identity of the north east, in an affectionate, revelatory, sometimes angry but always erudite way. 

Hardwick writes of Stockton's proud past, its changing future and all the trappings that come with redevelopment, council corruption and exploitative television companies. She also delights in the local delicacy, parmo, and Stockton's live music and pub culture. 

Milward takes on the Grove Hill estate, Middlesbrough, chronicling his life there and the characters he has seen, weaving social critique, politics, humour and psychogeography together to show you the true fabric of of the town. 

Essential reading for anyone who wants to know what makes the north east of England tick, this is Teesside: hilarious, hard headed, difficult and direct.

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'You only have to walk through some areas or pore over government statistics to see that the whole Teesside area is finding it hard to pick up the pieces. And all these pieces – the physical scares of industry; the outside political forces that arguably forced the area to its knees; and the unyielding determination and character of Teessiders – are thoroughly examined and picked apart in the two essays of Stripped Tees: Endurance and Hope in the North East to explore the area’s identity in full.'

Unofficial Britain


About the Authors

Natalie Hardwick was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1985 and raised on a diet of parmos, pasties and politics. She’s based in Walthamstow, London, works as features editor for BBC Good Food and has written for The Guardian, New Statesman and VICE on food and society. 

Richard Milward was born in Middlesbrough in 1984. He is the author of three novels: Apples (2007), Ten Storey Love Song (2009) and Kimberly’s Capital Punishment (2012), published by Faber & Faber. Apples and Ten Storey Love Song were recently adapted for the stage, winning awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. 


ISBN: 978-1-910312-24-7
Publication date: October 2016
Formats: eBook, PDF