The North, says Simon Armitage, begins where the goalpost of the M1 meets the crossbar of the M62; where Jarvis Cocker meets Geoffrey Boycott; and where Sir Bernard Ingham meets Prince Naseem Hamed (or at least if there's any justice he does). All Points North is an irresistible collection of variations on this geographical theme. Football, family, or music, whatever the subject, his wry humour is typically infectious. This is a world in which poets have tax problems and get 'battered' in pubs, holidays are day trips to Iceland from Bradford airport and double glazing sits on old houses 'like new glasses on old faces.'
'I was irresistibly reminded of Alan Bennett - there is in this book the same wry humour, wonderfully telling selection of detail or remark... I smiled my way through this book, and laughed aloud more than once... a fine balance of humour and poignancy.'
Lesley Glaister, The Times