Here We Stand
Editor: Helena Earnshaw, Angharad Penrhyn Jones
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WINNER OF THE BREAD AND ROSES AWARD FOR RADICAL PUBLISHING 2015
A Book Of The Year 2015 as selected by Natalie Bennett in The Ecologist
'A beautiful and necessary book full of passion, humour, encouragement, information and hope. This is the kind of writing that saves lives.'
A fascinating and unique anthology about contemporary women campaigners and how they were changed by the process of changing the world.
Through a series of interviews and articles, 17 key British womencampaigners talk intimately about the difficult and exhilarating nature of their work.
These women are dreaming of a better world. But they are not just dreamers. They have organised, marched on the streets, joined protest camps, opened refuges, blogged from war zones, and smashed up military equipment. They have gone undercover, lived in trees, stormed Parliament, and taken on the world's largest corporations. They have been sacked, attacked, psychologically abused, jailed, shot at, sued, deceived by police spies, and even disowned by their families. But still they keep dreaming; still they march on. And they are changing history.
These original testimonies are uplifting, shocking and moving.
They will rouse you, and encourage you to ask for more.
Contributors include: Franny Armstrong, Zoe Broughton, Skye Chirape, Eileen Chubb, Liz Crow, Kate Evans, Zita Holbourne, Shauneen Lambe, Sharyn Lock, Emma Must, Jasvinder Sanghera, Mary Sharkey, Helen Steel, Angharad Tomos, Anuradha Vittachi, Jo Wilding, Angie Zelter.
WINNER OF THE BREAD AND ROSES AWARD FOR RADICAL PUBLISHING 2015
"Anthologies can often be uneven affairs, but this collection was consistently moving, insightful and inspiring in equal measure. The editors deserve particular praise for having so brilliantly presented these essential accounts of women involved in so many areas of struggle."
Guest judge Nina Power
"From the first page to the last, these incredible stories of women's political courage leap off the page. The blend of personal accounts mixed with outstanding journalism make for a truly inspiring collection."
Guest judge Anna Minton
WHSmith Wales Book of the Month, July 2014
"There are some books that you can't help telling everyone about, even before you have finished reading them.
Here We Stand is certainly one of them... The format of deeply personal interviews alongside testimonials and articles works very well, and we are introduced to seventeen amazing stories in one volume...These stories will move you in many different ways... This is a manual for positive action Â– read it and be inspired.
Caroline Stockford, www.gwales.com
"Highly recommended... a compelling and affecting anthology... this book should be read by everyone, especially non-activist males!
Lotte Reimer and Kelvin Mason, Planet
"..extraordinary testimonies... [a
hugely motivating and important book]"
Ian Sinclair, People's Daily Morning Star
"I really loved it, and found it incredibly inspiring... it gets me emotional just thinking about a lot of these stories. So many times [these women
put their lives on the line.]"
Mary Jacob (New Welsh Review podcast)
"The moment you see activists is usually when they're outside the High Court and they're being interviewed by the BBC for two minutes... In this book you see all the different processes and the lead-up to that moment, and they break down some of the cliches... It's fascinating on so many different levels... I feel I've become really cynical, and lacking in empowerment, and actually this book made me feel really positive, which was just thrilling. It's a really wonderful thing to come away from. It made me realise that change is possible.
Katherine Stansfield, poet and novelist (New Welsh Review podcast)
'In this important book... Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones interview 17 of their peers about what compels them to devote their lives to helping others... Wisely, the editors don't try to draw any overarching themes or arguments from these women's work, instead letting them speak for themselves. Their courage and commitment shines through.
David Evans, The Independent
'prepare to be in awe of these tireless campaigners.
'Every now and then, I am sent a book to review that is an absolute pleasure to read from cover to cover... These women have literally changed the world that we inhabit, and that gives this reader heart that I can too.
Virginia Moffatt, Peace News
'Seventeen angry and affirmative testimones, ranging from women who have taken on corporations and opened refuges, to those who have marched on the streets and stormed parliament, all in the name of a better future.
' So many incredible women are standing up for what they believe Â– this book is a celebration of their remarkable and all too often unacknowledged achievements. It's a source of inspiration and a call to action
CAROLINE LUCAS MP
'This book will change the way you see the world
JOSIE LONG, comedian and co-founder of Arts Emergency
'Reading about these activists' determination, bravery and commitment is inspiring and humbling in equal measure. I recommend this book to anyone who dreams of a better world, and is prepared to learn from some of those who have already fought for one.
MARK LYNAS, author of High Tide, Six Degrees and The God Species
'Here We Stand provides a fresh source of hope. At a time when 'corporate social responsibility' and 'ethical consumerism' are proving so seductive, it looks us each squarely in the eye - and challenges us to take action that counts.
TOM CROMPTON, author of 'Common Cause' and Ecologist Campaign Hero
'[italic:Such a powerful book. Reading about these incredibly
impressive women gave me strength to continue what is an
endless struggle for a fairer world. A must read.]'
FRANK BARAT, activist and coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine
'A timely and important publication. In their different ways, the women featured have all made a great contribution to the struggle for justice, freedom and equality, both in Britain and across the globe.
FRANCES O'GRADY, TUC General Secretary
'These are inspiring stories of courage and ingenuity. Together they help tell the story of how politics and political action is changing.
NICHOLAS BLINCOE, novelist and screenwriter
'[italic:The women in this book, with their courage, humour
and intelligence, are keeping the human spirit alive.]'
ANN PETTITT, progenitor of the Greenham Common march
and author of Walking to Greenham
'This book is dangerous. It's dangerous because the women writing and described on its pages inspire us all to draw a line in the sand and state very clearly that we are not taking it any more. They offer us all lessons in how to challenge and actually change the world.
JOHN MCDONNELL MP
First published by Honno in : June 2014