Friday, 19 October 2012
'The People Speak: voices that changed Britain' by Anthony Arnove, Colin Firth and David Horspool
A Message from Anthony Arnove:
"My new book with Colin Firth, THE PEOPLE SPEAK: VOICES THAT CHANGED BRITAIN, is just out from Canongate Books.
The book, inspired by the work of people's historian Howard Zinn, is a documentary collection of dramatic voices of protest and dissent from the twelfth century to the present.
You can read about the book here: http://www.canongate.tv/the-people-speak.html
There are some very moving readings and musical performances -- including by Vanessa Redgrave, a last-minute surprise guest -- from our launch event here:
Great photos from the event can be viewed here:
An excerpt of Colin Firth's introduction and some selections from the book can be found here:
And you can check out our BBC Culture Show profile here:
I hope the book might be of interest.
The People Speak tells the story of Britain through the voices of the visionaries, dissenters, rebels and everyday folk who took on the Establishment and stood up for what they believed in. Here are their stories, letters, speeches and songs, from John Ball to Daniel Defoe; from Thomas Paine to Oscar Wilde; from the peasants' revolts to the suffragists to the anti-war demonstrators of today. Spanning almost one thousand years and over 150 individual voices, these are some of the most powerful words in our history.
Colin Firth (CBE) is a Bafta- and Academy Award-winning actor. His films include The English Patient, Fever Pitch, Bridget Jones's Diary, Girl with a Pearl Earring, A Single Man and The King's Speech. Alongside Anthony Arnove, he was instrumental in bringing a televised stage performance of The People Speak to the UK in 2010.
Anthony Arnove is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal, editor of Iraq Under Siege, Howard Zinn Speaks and The Essential Chomsky, and co-author, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People's History of the United States and Terrorism and War. He is the co-director of The People Speak with Chris Moore and Howard Zinn.
David Horspool is a historian and editor at the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of two previous books: Why Alfred Burned the Cakes and The English Rebel: One Thousand Years of Trouble-making from the Normans to the Nineties. He writes for The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the New York Times.
‘The People Speak’ at Canongate Books: http://www.canongate.tv/authors/colinfirthandanthonyarnove
Note: This looks like a very interesting and informative book, looking at these 'People' from the 'right' (i.e. 'left'!) angle - well, from our point of view. And as Colin Firth is involved with it (see my 'Pride and Prejudice' blog), how could I not blog it. Next step is to buy the book!