Protest: Stories of Resistance

Edited by Ra Page

Whatever happened to British protest?

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.

In this timely and evocative collection, twenty authors have assembled to re-imagine key moments of British protest, from the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 to the anti-Iraq War demo of 2003. 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 streetlevel perspective on the noble art of resistance.

In the age of fake news and post-truth politics this book fights fiction with (well researched, historically accurate) fiction.

Protests include the Peasants Revolt, Poll Tax Riots, Anti-Iraq War Demo and many more...

Featuring stories by Kit de Waal, David Constantine, Maggie Gee and many more...

Consultants: Prof. Sally Alexander (Goldsmiths), Prof. Laleh Khalili (SOAS), Lyn Barlow, Prof. Stephen Constantine (University of Lancaster), Elizabeth Crawford, Dr. John Drury (University of Sussex), Dr. Ariel Hessayon (Goldsmiths), Russ Hickman, Dr. Steve Hindle (Huntington Library), Avtar Singh Jouhl, Dr. Katrina Navickas (University of Hertfordshire), Gordon Pentland, Michael Randle, Stephen Reicher, John Rees, Francis Salt, Prof. Mark Stoyle (University of Southampton), Dr. Em Temple-Malt (Staffordshire University), Ned Thomas, Prof. David Waddington (Sheffield Hallam), Prof. Jane Whittle (Exeter University), Prof. Adrian Randall (University of Birmingham) and Dr. Esmee Hanna (Leeds Beckett University).

This project has been supported by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust and the Lipman-Miliband Trust, as well as Arts Council England.


'When right-wing populism is seemingly sweeping the west this whistle-stop tour demonstrates the power of people and provides a glimmer of hope and inspiration.' - Antonia Charlesworth, Big Issue North

It would be heartening to see more works of historical fiction inspired by Comma Press’s approach, serving both to educate and entertain by giving voice once again to people who struggled to make their voices heard in challenging circumstances. ' - Bethany Creamer, Disclaimer Magazine

There are so many good short stories and accompanying essays here, it is difficult to leave any unmentioned. Tales by Frank Cottrell Boyce on Venner’s Rising, Maggie Gee on the Night Cleaners’ strike, Martyn Bedford on the Battle of Orgreave, and Joanna Quinn on Greenham Common are all thoroughly absorbing and enlightening. Protest is an important collection highlighting the history of dissenting voices in the UK. It teaches rather than preaches and should be required reading for many of our current politicians.' - Shirley Whiteside, Book Oxygen

'Protest: Stories of Resistance is an illuminating and essential read. The perfect inter-generational birthday or Christmas present, it joins up the dots and gives context, which is invariably missing from disdainful, market-led Media narratives, and rote-learning history ordained by successive governments. Buy it and read it!' - Georgia DC, Book of the Week on Bookblast

Readings and discussion by selected authors at festivals across the UK, see our Events page for more information.

Bonus content

Stuart Evers, Jacob Ross and Martyn Bedford panel at Writing on the Wall festival 25th May: 
Stuart reads an excerpt from 'The Blind Light' (Aldermaston) 
Jacob reads an excerpt from 'Bed 45' (Brixton) 
Martyn reads an excerpt from 'Withen' (Orgreave)  

Stuart Evers and Maggie Gee at Stoke Newington festival 4th June

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Book Details

13 Jul 2017