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An old union rep, Joe, and his granddaughter, Arushi, spend a few pleasant days together going over the history of the labour movement. Over tea and sandwiches in his studio they consider the whole wide sweep and points of connection throughout history.

Starting way back with the 14th-century Peasants' Revolt, taking in the Levellers and the Luddites, the expansion of the
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 6th 2019 by Workable Books
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Will
Nov 30, 2022 rated it it was ok
Whereas I appreciate the spirit behind this book, the execution is less than convincing. The book looks at different periods in British history, from the perspective of organizing workers, from the peasant revolts, to the suffragette movement, to the 1980s miners strikes. It feels more of a laundry list than anything else, with little or no story. The book is framed as the history of union action in the UK, as discussed by a grandfather to his granddaughter. But with no story or background on ei ...more
Paul Taylor
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I particularly liked the grand daughter's interjections. What comes out of the text is the failure of workers' movements to organise effectively, retain discipline and focus on employees' rights and conditions of work without spiralling off into class warfare. All too often resulting in original aims being denied as factionalism divides the leaders leaving the workforce exposed, weakened and ultimately powerless. ...more
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Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the earlier parts of this a lot more than the later ones but I suspect that's inevitable. I really liked the way the stories were set out and connected together it's just that I think the last couple of chapters are too recent to really talk about in the same way. ...more
El
A very top level wiz through the history of labour movements in the UK from the 14th century. Maybe not for the seasoned historian but a great intro or gift for someone getting into politics. Great rallying call to join a union too! If you’re reading this review - please look into joining one!
Fozz
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Could have covered jayaben desai and was slightly patronising and underdeveloped at some points but I really appreciated learning this kind of history
Chris Cowan
Oct 05, 2022 rated it it was ok
A disappointing graphic novel. The central characters relating the history are unconvincing in their dialogue and the historical events themselves are less deeply explored than I'd like. ...more
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