Mackem dictionary shoots straight to Number One in Waterstones

Paul Swinney
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A new book capturing the unique language of Wearside has shot straight to the top of Waterstones' book chart on the day of its release.

The Mackem Dictionary was created by artist Paul Swinney, working in collaboration with Sunderland publishers ALS.

The Mackem Dictionary

The Mackem Dictionary

The book captures the rich range of words and phrases commonly used in Wearside, with all of the proceeds going to SAFC charity The Foundation of Light.

It was released today, and has gone straight to the top of the chart in Waterstones in Sunderland.

Karen Daniels of Waterstones said: "We had so many people coming in asking for the dictionary even before we had stock of it. Many were looking to send it to relatives all over the world in time for Christmas, so it's a relief to get it into stock.

"It has immediately became the number one best-selling book we have in store and we expect it to stay number one well into next year. It's a great idea that has really caught the imagination."

Author, Paul Swinney said: "I'm delighted and overcome by the response to be honest. I know Sunderland people are proud of their heritage and city, but I'm still pinching myself that my first book is a number one best seller in Waterstones! I can't believe it! I've had so much help from the publishers, ALS, to help achieve this and could not have it done it with their expertise and we together we hope to raise a recent amount of money for The Foundation of Light through this project to help their great work in our city."

The book is now on sale now at Waterstones, The SAFC Club Store, The ALS Shop and Pop Recs, or can be ordered on line here