Stories of Uprising
Book type: Anthology
Published: 17 Oct 2019
Please note: this is the hardback edition.
At a time that feels unprecedented in British politics – with unlawful prorogations of parliament, casual race-baiting by senior politicians, and a climate crisis that continues to be ignored – it’s easy to think these are uncharted waters for us, as a democracy.
But Britain has seen political crises and far-right extremism before, just as it has witnessed regressive, heavy-handed governments. Much worse has been done, or allowed to be done, in the name of the people and eventually, those same people have called it out, stood up, resisted.
In this important collection of fictions and essays, spanning two millennia of British protest, authors, historians and activists re-imagine twenty acts of defiance: 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. Britain might not be famous for its revolutionary spirit, but its people know when to draw the line, and say very clearly, ‘¡No pasarán!’
Bidisha with Prof Richard Hingley on BOUDICA's RISING, 60 AD
SJ Bradley with Prof John Walter on the OXFORDSHIRE RISING, 1596
Martin Edwards with Prof Robert Poole on PETERLOO, 1819
Kamila Shamsie with Prof Malcolm Chase on the CATO STREET CONSPIRACY, 1820
Anna Lewis with Dr Richard C. Allen on MERTHYR RISING, 1831
Kim Squirrell with Dr Marcus Morris on the TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS, 1834
Eley Williams with Rhian E. Jones on the REBECCA RIOTS, 1839
Lucy Caldwell with Dr Ben Griffin on CAROLINE NORTON, 1839
Uschi Gatward with Dave Steele on the GREAT CHARTIST MEETING, 1848
Jude Brown with Dr Mark O'Brien on the LIVERPOOL TRANSPORT STRIKE, 1911
Donny O'Rourke with Dr Jim Phillips on the BATTLE OF GEORGE SQUARE, 1919
Steve Chambers with David Rosenberg on the BATTLE OF CABLE STREET, 1936
Karline Smith with Dr Kenny Monrose on the NOTTING HILL RIOTS, 1958
Luan Goldie with Dr Jonathan Moss on the FORD DAGENHAM WOMEN'S STRIKE, 1968
Irfan Master with David Renton on BLAIR PEACH, 1979
Lucas Stewart with Mike Carden on the LIVERPOOL DOCKERS DISPUTE, 1995
Gaia Holmes with Dr Chris Cocking on the NEWBURY BYPASS PROTEST, 1996
Zoe Lambert with Jo Blackman on SEEDS OF HOPE, 1996
Nikita Lalwani with Dr Roger Ball on the TOTTENHAM RIOT, 2011
Julia Bell with Daniel Renwick on GRENFELL, 2017
This project has been supported by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust and the Lipman-Miliband Trust, as well as Arts Council England.
Part of Comma's 'History-into-Fiction' series.
See Resist(ance): a Collective Read event HERESee Comma Press x Word Theatre UK event HERE
One of Waterstones' 'Best of 2019' - shop HERE!
One of The Guardian Bookshop's 'Ones to Watch' September 2019 - shop HERE!
One of '30 books for autumn 2019' at iNews.
One of the '11 best fiction and feminist reads for November' at Stylist Magazine.
'Resist is about how important it is to question the status quo as governments and right-wing movements attempt to set our agenda.' - Stylist
Including Kamila Shamsie's story 'Savage' as featured in Prospect Magazine.
Read Kamila Shamsie's story 'Savage' at LitHub
Featuring 2020 Women's Prize longlisted author Luan Goldie.
'What a clever idea for a book... It works admirably.' - The Irish Times
'There's never a bad time to be reminded that, when things got bad enough, ordinary Britons would fight back' - The Herald
'There's an urgency to this publication... It's risky, it's Godless and utterly successful.' - New Welsh Review
'The stories are of a consistently high literary quality, and more importantly, do vital work in finding the human element in mass protests and key historical moments of insurrection.' - LSE Review of Books
'It's historic and new, it reflects while questioning the current day, it offers a fictional exploration and a grounded real world context.' - The Skinny
'A relevant read for anyone trying to make sense of today's society.' - The Fountain
'It's a powerful collection and well worth the read so please don't be daunted by the subject matter if you're feeling overwhelmed by the world.' - Emma Yates-Badley, Northern Soul
'Resist is a deftly curated anthology... This is a book for complex political times that celebrates protest as a progressive force in society.' - NB Magazine
'Beautifully curated and emotive yet scholarly – but not polemical, didactic or dry – this is an anthology to weep over and to galvanise the spirit.' - Tracy Ryan, Number 9 Reviews
'What this powerful collection does is provide the country with a permanent book of reference to 2000 years of class struggle.' - Read the full review of our launch event on the Manchester Lit Fest blog.
Listen to an interview with editor Ra Page on the Versus History podcast.
Read the introduction from editor Ra Page at Bookanista.
Read Eley Williams' story on the Rebecca Riots, featured in The Times Literary Supplement.
Read Luan Goldie's story 'The Done Thing' at Minor Literatures.
Read an interview with Nikita Lalwani, Luan Goldie and SJ Bradley at The State of the Arts.
Read about Karline Smith's story 'The Whistling Bird' in The Voice.
Read about SJ Bradley's story 'Black Showers' in the Oxford Mail.
Watch the preview event at Hay Festival 2019 on Hay Player, featuring Eley Williams, Bidisha and Zoe Lambert. (£)
Watch the launch event at Manchester Literature Festival 2019, featuring Karline Smith, Irfan Master and Steve Chambers.
Watch the virtual event at Big Book Weekend 2020 on MyVLF, hosted by Bradford Lit Fest and featuring Bidisha, Zoe Lambert and Luan Goldie.
Watch the virtual event in partnership with Bookmarks Bookshop on Facebook (live broadcast) featuring Luan Goldie and Steve Chambers.
Watch the virtual event at Newham Word Festival on YouTube featuring Luan Goldie and Julia Bell.
Watch the virtual event with Sheffield Libraries on Zoom featuring Zoe Lambert, Jo Blackman and Bidisha.