I knew Anthony Burgess had written about Liverpool, I even read it in his autobiography years ago (which I read in French), but I didn't remember much of it. I rediscovered it via Wikiquote. It is a strange feeling, reading this after having lived there. I know he is my favourite writer so I am biased, but I think he is spot on:
"The view of Liverpudlians that they are a race apart is well-founded.
There is the unanalysable genetic mixture of a great port and also Welsh
from the south and Irish a jump across from Dublin. The speech is
distinctive. ‘All got your furs, love?’ cried the tram conductress, who
kept warm with a bit of moth-eaten fare. The energy is immense and
explains the gratuitous violence. ... Generosity could lead to violence.
If I asked a direction I would soon have a crowd around me giving
contradictory instructions. I would leave a fight behind and have to ask
again. ... Of all the British cities that deserve the curative
attention of the British government Liverpool comes first. The Bootle
Beatles were taken too seriously, but, in their modest way, they
exemplified the combative energy of the great decayed port. Guilt
pricked me when I began to feel a larger loyalty to it than to