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The Anti-Austerity Anthology

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All proceeds from this book will be donated to food bank charities.

The Anti-Austerity Anthology confronts the draconian nature of modern austerity head-on. This powerful collection of short stories, poems and essays is brought to you by some of the indie author scene’s most talented and radical writers. Thoughtful, funny, tragic, angry, and filled with hope, ea
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 26th 2018
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Harry Whitewolf
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's for charity innit, so get yer mitts on a copy now.

Read my blog post about this book I co-edited and contributed to here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...

Check out an article about the book in The Canary here: https://www.thecanary.co/feature/2018...

And see Steve Topple talking to none other than George Galloway about the anthology here (26 minutes in): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q08JL...
Alison
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just knew this would be a one-dayer - all my favourite indie authors in one book. Perfect!

A really entertaining, and true, collection of short stories, poems, and witticisms, addressing the major issues many (ordinary) people in Britain (and further afield) are facing every day due to the enforcement of austerity by governments who are only interested in looking after themselves and those like them ie the rich and powerful. Not only do the collective tell of the harsh realities of
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Rupert Dreyfus
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
All money raised from this book will go to food bank charities.

Here is my blog with some info:

https://rupertdreyfus.wordpress.com/2...

Please support and spread the word.

Many thanks.
Tracy Reilly
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was quite surprising in its variety, considering you would expect a need for narrowness with such a specific subject. But, that just shows the quality of the writing/writers. Standouts for me were Mary Papastavrou's dystopian future tale "Maria Jumps", Chris Harrison's "The Bet", and Mike Robbins' thoughtful essay on the connection between the bullying culture of the famed universities--I have long thought the value of these schools is overstated-- and our present austere and mean-spir ...more
Leo Robertson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Pleased to see that this book has done so well—and now that I managed to read it, I can see why!

This is a powerful anthology which spans a surprising range of styles across its poems, short stories and central essay from Mike Robbins.

It’s heavy reading matter, as well it should be—but the material is gripping, highly creative and so very varied. Pointless to pick favourites, though Harry Whitewolf’s “Word Tax” (could have been a novel in itself!) and Rebecca Gransden’s pi
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Kevin Berg
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This anthology keeps me awake.

It is thoughtful. It is frustrated. It is funny. It is angry. It is intelligent. It is inspirational. It is heartbreaking. It is real.

A terrific foreword starts this thing off, giving you a little history and perfectly preparing you for the ton of talent that follows. I thought the editors did really well with the arrangement: alternating poems and stories, lacing it all with the very funny "Green's Vacuous Vacancies," splitting it with the bullying art
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Casey Kiser
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
'…to kill yourself, press the star key.'
from 'Bullying Britain: the roots of austerity?' -Mike Robbins
I was overwhelmed with how well this was put together and the information and stories were so well-written and woven. And of course, the poetry really packed all the punches. I felt the right artists were definitely involved with this collection. I especially enjoyed the punk voices of M.J. Black and Andy Carrington, Ford Dagenham, Rupert Dreyfus and Harry Whitewolf. I will be proudly sharing thkey.
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Jason
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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It has finally arrived, a collection of poetry, essays and short stories by the greatest Indie authors around. So many of these writers are in my favourite authors list and to see them all together in one book is fantastic. The subject matter is about the dire situation in the UK with the treatment of the poor, disabled and homeless, more and more people are crossing over that line of being able to survive, or being forced to work when they are unable to. It is also about our "no shits given" go ...more
Jack Stark
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, poetry
You can read my more in depth review of this on my blog - Random Melon Reads!

An excellent collection of stories, poems and articles shining a light on the current issue of austerity. A couple of these pieces felt a little bit like preaching to the converted and a number of these stories do present with an angry mood to them, particularly the poetry ones. I wouldn’t normally enjoy that, but, it is OK to be angry at the current situation and so I was able to go with it. The book as a whole does a reall
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Ruth Hunt
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have a story segment and two poems in this collection, but I am so impressed with the calibre of all the other writers, the strength of their message and deep compassion.
All proceeeds go to Foodbanks, so a great way to support those in need.
Casey Dorman
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Concern about rising national debts throughout Europe and the UK since the 2008-9 recession, have led to so-called “austerity programs” in many countries. The dual approaches to austerity have been to raise taxes and to lower government spending, although, in the United States then-president Obama’s response to the recession was a series of “stimulus packages,” which involved injecting government money into the economy to counteract unemployment and business failure. Almost uniformly, the auster ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
collection of political short stories and poems about poverty, class, and austerity. Some quite good all with a moral to the story namely Anti-Capitalism. I liked a good part of it.
Tracy
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These authors are speaking truths and donating the profits of the sales of this book to food banks. Who does that? I highly recommend this book!! Great stuff!!
Marc
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The impetus for this project seems timely, admirable, and well-executed. I worried that some of the pieces might edge into clichéd railing against the rich and powerful, and while a few did, by and large there's an immense variety of viewpoints, styles, and approaches. Highlights for me: Gransden's "NV" story (it's like HP Lovecraft meets capitalism); a series of biting, satiric "Vacuous Vacancy" announcements for jobs created by Jay Spencer Green; and the arresting poetry of Ford Dagenham. Robe ...more
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“As always, your attempts to stop us doing whatever the fuck we want are scheduled for a futile discussion involving people much richer and more important than you, just because you managed to fill a list of a hundred thousand other bitter losers.” 4 likes
“What we are witnessing from neoliberal-capitalist-corporatist governments and the corporations that ultimately govern them is 21st century eugenics, with austerity being a weapon in the armoury. Simple as. The “disposable poor” are not useful, therefore need to be socially eradicated.” 1 likes
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