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Review: Springtime and Fight Back!

Today’s Camden New Journal features my review of two books written in response to the student protests of last Autumn:

  • Springtime: The New Student Rebellions – edited by Clare Solomon and Tania Palmieri, Verso
  • Fight Back! A Reader on the Winter of Protest – edited by Dan Hancox and an “editorial kettle” of six, openDemocarcy

It’s been an honour and a pleasure to review these two – both compilations of the essays written about the student protest movement and their wider context.

But I do think it’s a shame that the CNJ is only the fourth (to my knowledge) large-circulation print publication to review either of these books – the other three being the Guardian, the Morning Star and the New Statesman, both of whom carried excellent features (as linked).

It’s a shame that – so far at least – we’ve only seen papers with a fairly left wing reputation give these titles the recognition they deserve. True, to greatly simplify, they’re pretty lefty books.

But surely the reason they’re books at all is the need to engage in debate, even if people aren’t always going to agree, with the wider population?

Plus, if we were considering a reasonably-significant right-wing book, I think there would be more chance that at least the Guardian would have picked it up – to take issue with it perhaps, but picked it up nonetheless. They did here with David Willetts.

My review should also be in tomorrow’s Islington Tribune and West End Extra, which (largely) share the same quality arts supplement as the Journal.


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