North West's urban roots detailed

The latest history of Manchester's development might resolve one or two Christmas present dilemmas. A book produced by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Manchester City Council highlights the city's formative period during the Industrial Revolution.

The publication draws on Manchester's experience to show how the inner city provided terraced houses for the working classes while spatial homes were built for the middle-classes in the suburbs. Its coverage of more recent changes underlines the city's latter-day renaissance resulting from investment in physical infrastructure, prestige projects and good architecture.

- Manchester: Shaping the City is available, priced £19.95, from the RIBA (tel) 020 7256 7222.

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