Category Archives: working class history

My review of “The Metal Mountain” by John Healy

IT  is 30 years since John Healy wrote his classic “Grass Arena”  his autobiography of growing up Irish in London. Published at a time when the Irish in Britain were going through a time of renaissance from politics in groups … 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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My review of “Labour Women in Power Cabinet Ministers in the Twentieth Century by Paula Bartley

    In the mid 1970s I was the first person in my family and  the first on my council estate to get a place at University. Our elderly neighbour Mrs Hall said to me. “Ooh you’ll be another Barbara … Continue reading

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My review of the exhibition of Flag of Covenience by David Dunnico

    Flag of Convenience David Dunnico Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery   25 May-28 June 2019 Stockport.artgallery@stockport.gov.uk   THE Union Jack has never been just a flag. In this new exhibition Manchester documentary photographer David Dunnico takes us on a … Continue reading

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My review of “Trico A Victory to Remember” by Sally Groves and Vernon Merritt

  Why is it some strikes, many of them defeats for the labour movement, are constantly being replayed  ie Miners Strike, Grunwicks and Ford Dagenham women but successful strikes such as Trico have been forgotten. One of the big problems … Continue reading

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My review of “I Have No Regrets: Diaries, 1955-1963” Brigitte Reimann

    Brigitte Reimann was an East German writer and  an avid chronicler of her own  life through her diaries. In this new book we follow her as she becomes a successful writer, but at a turbulent time for her … Continue reading

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