Introducing...the People's Book of the Month
People's Book of the Month - July 2012
Today we are introducing a sparkling, brand new initiative from the People's Bookshop. Oh no not another 'Book of the Month' I hear you say. Aha, I hear myself say, 'not just any Book of the Month - this is the People's Book of the Month'. Not for this bookshop, the trotting out of the latest door-stopping blockbuster. No, I will be digging out "lost gems" from radical history, local books that everyone thought we'd lost and do-it-yourself manuals for a better world. If I can be all grand and quote E.P Thompson:
"I am seeking to rescue the poor stockinger, the Luddite cropper, the 'obsolete' hand-loom weaver, the 'Utopian' artisan, and even the deluded follower of Joanna Southcott, from the enormous condescension of posterity"
Thompson was talking about his magnificent 'The Making of the English Working Class', but there are parallels in the lost little classics of radical history and politics published locally or by smaller presses. I'm going to be digging some of those out, giving them a good dusting down and promoting them again via the People's Book of the Month. I just hope I'm not going to regret this.
So, the very first People's Book of the Month for July is...
Nigel Todd's fascinating 1995 account of the battle against the Blackshirts on Tyneside and Wearside, 'In Excited Times: the People Against the Blackshirts' (Bewick Press)
'In Excited Times' tells the action packed story of a dramatic contest. Against the terrifying backcloth of the rise of European Fascist dictators, Tyneside and Wearside were selected by Hitler’s disciples as a key battleground on their road to a tyrannical destiny. Aristocrats, businessmen, ex-army officers and Blackshirted self-styled ’ Supermen’ , conspired and campaigned to subdue an industrial powerhouse racked by the Great Depression.
'In Excited Times' reveals for the first time an extensive web of Fascism and Fascist sympathisers, the shadowy presence of M15, and the exploits of those anti-fascists for whom the Second World War began long before 1939.
Nigel Todd is a Newcastle City Councillor, regional director of the WEA and a long-standing anti-fascist campaigner
To order a copy of 'In Exicited Times' at £9.99 (including p&p), follow the links to our Abe Books shop here: