Category Archives: Communism

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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History of the Irish in Britain Representation Group by Patrick Reynolds. Part 2: 1982

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. … 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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My review of “Last Witnesses Unchildlike Stories” Svetlana Alexievich

        PUBLISHED in 1985 in the Soviet Union this first English edition is a very painful reminder of the affects of war on children. In the 1970s  Alexievich  started interviewing the generation of children who had  lived … Continue reading

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My review of “Common Cause” by Kate Hunter

  KATE Hunter, a working class writer and political activist, recognises the massive barriers facing any person   from her background who wants to write. At the age of  nine she won a  National Essay prize,  but there was no encouragement … Continue reading

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