So if you’ve been resisting the lure of the hardback (deliciously bound in purple cloth, with a map of 19th Century North Shields printed on the endpapers), a chunky budget version with a completely different cover, should now be available at a bookshop or library near you.

(If you’re interested in why hardback and paperback covers are often so different from one another, check out my Coverology feature in the September issue of Mslexia)