Resist: Stories of Uprising

Edited by Ra Page

 We live in a golden era of protest. From the anti-gun rallies in the US, to the March of Return demos in Palestine, people are taking to the streets around the globe, standing up to governments that have fallen out of step with the popular mood. As Britain teeters over the brink of Brexit, it has never been more important to re-engage with its own long history of popular resistance.

Building on the success of Comma’s previous project, Protest, this anthology challenges 20 acclaimed authors to get under the skin of key moments of British protest, working closely with historians, crowd scientists, and activists. From Boudicea’s revolt against Roman occupation in 45 AD to the protests that followed the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, these stories reimagine each event through the eyes of the people involved, and take in every form of resistance - from the letter-writing campaigns of Caroline Norton (who single-handedly reformed child custody laws in the 19th century), to plots to overthrow governments, peaceful demos turned violent by bad policing, and all-out riots. Each story is followed by an afterword by the specialist who consulted on it, setting the event in a wider, historical context.

Featuring: Eley Williams on the REBECCA RIOTS
Kamila Shamsie on the CATO STREET CONSPIRACY
Bidisha on BOUDICCA
SJ Bradley on the ENSLOW HILL RISING 
Martin Edwards on PETERLOO 
Lucy Caldwell on CAROLINE NORTON
Kim Squirrell on the TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS 
Uschi Gatward on the GREAT CHARTIST MEETING
Jude Brown on the LIVERPOOL TRANSPORT STRIKE
Donny O'Rourke on the BATTLE OF GEORGE SQUARE 
Steve Chambers on the BATLE OF CABLE STREET 
Luan Goldie on the FORD DAGENHAM STRIKE 
Lucas Stewart on the LIVERPOOL DOCKERS DISPUTE
Zoe Lambert on SEEDS OF HOPE
Nikita Lalwani on MARK DUGGAN
Julia Bell on GRENFELL

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

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Read Eley Williams' story on the Rebecca Riots, featured in The Times Literary Supplement.

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Book Details

ISBN-10
1912697076
ISBN-13
9781912697076
Published
26 Sep 2019