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The Many Not The Few by Sean Michael Wilson and Robert Brown

An illustrated history of Britain shaped by the people

A union rep and his granddaughter discuss the history of the labour movement, from the 14th century right up to today.

Foreword by Jeremy Corbyn

Length: 128 pages
Language: English
Publisher: New Internationalist
Publication date: March 2019
ISBN: 978-1-78026-444-8
Size: 240mm x 165 mm
Category: Graphic, History


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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 unions in the 19th century, the height of their power in the ‘70s, and the great conflicts and decline of the ‘80s.

With a mix of serious research and family jokes Joe and Arushi go into the complicated history, the ideological battles, the class conflict, a consideration of what unions are for, and what the future of unions may be.

Sean Michael Wilson is an award-winning graphic novel writer known for his books tackling social issues and history. He was co-author of Fight the Power: A Visual History of Protest Among the English-Speaking People, Portraits of Violence: An Illustrated History of Radical Thinking, and main author of Goodbye God?: An Illustrated Exploration of Science vs Religion (all New Internationalist).

Cartoonist Robert Brown is a regular contributor to anthology titles, including Soaring Penguin’s Eisner-nominated To End All Wars and Portraits of Violence. He has his own critically acclaimed comic series, Killjoy.

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