Public Book Launch
Raphael Samuel, The Lost World of British Communism (Verso)
A launch party and roundtable discussion of The Lost World of British Communism will be held at the Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate (opposite Liverpool St Station) on Friday December 1st from 6.30 till 9pm.
In New Left Review in the mid-80s Raphael Samuel published three essays on the world of British Communism in which he had grown up in the 1940s and 50s. Verso have now reprinted these in book form to mark the tenth anniversary of his death. A tour de force of historical writing, the essays draw on novels, memoirs, interviews, Party literature and archives, as well as Samuel's own childhood recollections, in order to conjure up an era when the movement was at the height of its political and theoretical power.
All welcome. Possible speakers to include Eric Hobsbawm, Beatrix Campbell and Kevin Morgan.
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