August 2017

An increasing number of Unite members are having their work published. The latest to hit the shelves and electronic platforms come from Ken Fuller and Nicolas Lalaguna. Both have previously had earlier books reviewed on this site. View these here and here.


Fuller has now written a biography on radical Dashiell Hammett, who is best known as the author of The Maltese Falcon. A review — and purchase details — of the Hardboiled Activist: The Work and Politics of Dashiell Hammett is here.

Political thriller

Seven May Days by Nicolas Lalaguna is a fast-paced political thriller (which will be reviewed in due course) set in the seven days following the 2001 May Day rally in London. Costing £9.99 it can be purchased here

Brexit: food, farming, land and labour

Unite Education is also behind Pluto Press’s book BITTERSWEET BREXIT: the future of farming, land and labour by social scientist and Unite rural sector member Charlie Clutterbuck. This will be launched in October and Charlie (07809 571612) is seeking invites to speak at branch meetings. The book seems set for considerable publicity and copies will be available at a cut price rate for Unite members. Contact Mark Metcalf on 07392 852561

Betty GallacherInspiring bus worker Betty Gallacher

Look out also for the free downloadable booklet on Unite bus worker and LGBT activist Betty Gallacher that will be out in November.

Out in 2018


Singing for Our Lives isn't out till next year and is written by the Campaign Choirs Collective in which many Unite members are active. Details here.


Also due out next year is, amongst others, is one by Shaun on Annie and Tom Higdon, the Burston strike teachers. It has been written by Shaun Jeffrey.

And finally

In October 2016 a book on events in Halifax 1842 was reviewed here. This has helped inspire a series of events in the West Yorkshire Town including one on 16 August. As similar events also took place in 1842 in Blackburn there is also an exhibition, dedication and TV and radio events planned on 15 August.