by Page, Ra, Shamsie, Kamila, Williams, Eley, Lambert, Zoe, Caldwell, Lucy, Bradley, SJ, Bidisha, Goldi
by Page, Ra, Shamsie, Kamila, Williams, Eley, Lambert, Zoe, Caldwell, Lucy, Bradley, SJ, Bidisha, Goldi | Language
Published 17/10/2019 by Comma Press as part of the History-into-Fiction series
Hardback | 464 pages
At a time of great political disarray – government corruption and incompetence, the COVID pandemic, Brexit and new austerity measures looming – we look back to the past to remember the times the people have called it out, stood up, resisted!
For a nation that brought the world Chartism, the Suffragettes, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and so many other grassroots social movements, Britain rarely celebrates its long, great tradition of people power. Both Protest and Resist are collections of fictions and essays that explore and commemorate key moments of British protest and defiance over the last two millenia.
Written in close consultation with historians, sociologists and eyewitnesses – who also contribute afterwords – these stories follow fictional characters caught up in real-life struggles, offering a street level perspective on the noble art of resistance. Authors re-imagine campaigns to change unjust laws, protests against unlawful acts, uprisings successful and unsuccessful – from Boudica to Blair Peach, from the Battle of Cable Street to the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, from the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 to the anti-Iraq War demo of 2003.
In the age of fake news and post-truth politics this book fights fiction with (well researched, historically accurate) fiction. Britain might not be famous for its revolutionary spirit, but its people know when to draw the line, and say very clearly, ‘¡No pasarán!’