The Reading List: Strikes
Monday 27 June 2011
In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck, Penguin Modern Classics £14.99
Steinbeck's novel about politics and labour in the United States, In Dubious Battle, is set in California apple farming country, where a strike by migrant workers spirals out of control, becoming a bloody clash of ideologies.
Events are seen through the eyes of Jim Nolan, a disillusioned young man who joins the Communists and – at least initially – stokes the strike's furnaces.
The Enemy Within: Thatcher's Secret War Against The Miners by Seumas Milne, Verso Books £12.99
In this ground-breaking study, Milne reveals the extreme lengths to which the Conservative government was prepared to go to crush the miner's union. MI5 and police Special Branch were using phoney bank deposits, forged documents and agents provocateurs to trap their targets.
Tube Strike Haiku by Roger McGough, Copyright Roger McGough
Inspired by last autumn's tube strikes, McGough penned two works: "A Striking Soliloquy" and "Tube strike Haiku". The Haiku sees the tube trains affected by the commuters' distress while the tracks, like the striking workers, are said to be "enjoying the holiday/mice minding the gap". www.rogermcgough.org.uk
Out Of This Furnace by Thomas Bell, University of Pittsburgh Press £15.50
Set in a steel town just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bell's work draws upon the experience of his own immigrant ancestors. Following the fate of a family of Austrian immigrants over three generations, it focuses on three pivotal strikes in America's history: the Homestead strikes of 1892, and the Great Steel Strike of 1919. Published in 1941, it fell out of print until being reissued in the 1970s. Since then it has been an American History staple.
GB84 by David Peace, Faber and Faber £8.99
Part fact, part fiction, Peace offers an epic tale of invented drama punctuated by real events and featuring real people. While the State is portrayed as unpleasant and aggressive, the National Union of Mineworkers and its leader Arthur Scargill are shown to be corrupt, incompetent and riddled with rivalries. The victims are the ordinary miners.
TV reviewBroadcasting House was preparing for a visit from Prince Charles spoiler alert
Glastonbury Michael Eavis reveals final headline act 'most likely' British pair
Film Ewan McGregor joins star-studded Beauty and the Beast cast as Lumiere
TVThe Island with Bear Grylls under fire after male contestants kill and eat rare crocodile
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 The confessions of men who ordered mail-order brides
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 4 Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
- 5 'Isis' schoolgirls: Missing British teenager tweets picture of her Syrian takeaway
Poldark, series 1 finale, review: How a costume drama became a Sunday night swoon-fest
Al Pacino admits he was nearly fired from The Godfather and it's still his most 'difficult role'
Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik tops Sunday Times Rich List
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 3, review: Sansa and manhood-lopping torturer Ramsay Bolton - really?
The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove