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My review of “That’s How it Was” by Maureen Duffy

  Secondhand bookshops are treasure troves,  but sadly they are in decline. They have been  defeated by Abe books and the lack of books bought generally. But in Hamburg I came across this great  English language bookshop   run by … Continue reading

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My review of “Threads of Life. A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle” Clare Hunter

I found this book in a charity shop and it opened my eyes to a different world; the world of sewing and the important place it has in all of our memories. As a socialist I have marched behind and … Continue reading

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My review of “Never Counted Out! The story of Len Johnson Manchester’s Black Boxing Hero and Communist” by Michael Herbert

When my parents moved to Clayton, a working class suburb of Manchester in 1963, it was a large sprawling council estate surrounded by engineering and manufacturing factories and dominated by two busy main roads, Ashton New and Ashton Old Roads. … Continue reading

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My review of “A Collective Bargain. Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy” Jane McAlevey

  What do you want to do ? New mailCopy There are three reasons why I like this book. One; it’s written by an activist. There are too many books being published by people who want to preach about what … Continue reading

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My review of “Just Like Tomorrow” (2004) by Faiza Guene

  What do you want to do ? New mailCopy It is hard to imagine a working class female migrant from the deprived areas of Clayton (Manchester), Glodwick  (Oldham ) or Hyde (Tameside) being offered a book contract. Faiza is … Continue reading

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“Anti-Nazi Germans” “Enemies of the Nazi State from within the Working Class Movement.” by Marilyn Moos “German Volunteers in the French Resistance” by Steve Cushion. (2020)

  What do you want to do ? New mailCopy This review is written by Mike Luft, lifelong anti-fascist and communist.   ‘Not by beatings, nor by hanging can you Be brought to the point of saying Nowadays twice two … Continue reading

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My review of “Joan Maynard Passionate Socialist” Kristine Mason O’Connor (2003)

What do you want to do ? New mailCopy Joan Maynard (1921-1998) lived her life through her politics. In the course of  her  76 years she was a parish councillor, a rural district councillor, a county councillor, a Justice of … Continue reading

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My review of “They Divided the Sky” A Novel by Christa Wolf. (2013)

What do you want to do ? New mailCopy Christa Wolf (1929-2011) was an East German (GDR) novelist. Born into the Nazi era,  like many of her generation (in the east and the west) she embraced socialism after the war … Continue reading

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My review of “Class Power on Zero Hours”

  What do you want to do ? New mailCopy In this new book a group of self identified communists demand a revolutionary approach to changing society. It sounds far fetched and outrageous,  but we are living in a society … Continue reading

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My review of “Betty Tebbs – a radical working class hero” by Mark Metcalf

      Through my friendship with Eddie and Ruth Frow I have met many women like Betty who had been  activists in the CPGB and the trade union movement. We came from different generations – and had quite different … Continue reading

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