Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life in Activism [June 19th Signing Pre-Order]


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On Sunday 19th June – 6.30-8pm Housmans will be hosting a Never Silent book signing, nibbles and celebration with Peter Staley and London’s HIV+ community.

Places are limited so sign up here!


If you are attending the event and would like to reserve a copy, order the book here and use the coupon code COLLECTION when you check out.

You will be able to collect the book on the evening to get it signed.

(If you’d rather collect in advance, leave a note in the Order Notes box to let us know.)

*If you are not able to attend on the evening but would like a signed copy to be mailed to you afterwards, please leave a message in the Order Note box letting us know who it should be signed for, and we will post it to you afterwards. You will need to pay shipping for this option.


Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life in Activism by Peter Staley

Chicago Review Press, 2021 (Hardback, 304 pages)

In 1987, somebody shoved a flyer into the hand of Peter Staley: massive AIDS demonstration, it announced. After four years on Wall Street as a closeted gay man, Staley was familiar with the homophobia common on trading floors. He also knew that he was not beyond the reach of AIDS, having recently been diagnosed with AIDS-Related Complex.

A week after the protest, Staley found his way to a packed meeting of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power ACT UP in the West Village. It would prove to be the best decision he ever made. ACT UP would change the course of AIDS, pressuring the National Institutes of Health, the FDA, and three administrations to finally respond with research and treatment plans that ultimately saved millions of lives.

Staley, a shrewd strategist with nerves of steel, organized some of the group’s most spectacular actions, from shutting down trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to putting a giant condom over the house of Senator Jesse Helms. Never Silent is the inside story of what brought Staley to ACT UP and the explosive and sometimes painful years to follow: years filled with triumph, humiliation, joy, loss, and persistence. Never Silent is guaranteed to inspire the activist within all of us.