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February: John Tully discusses Silvertown in Australia

Silvertown: The Lost Story of a Strike that Shook London and Helped Launch the Modern Labor Movement

Join John Tully, author of Silvertown: The Lost Story of a Strike that Shook London and Helped Launch the Modern Labor Movement, for two upcoming book talks in Australia

6:45 pm, Tuesday 10 February
NIBS Underground Series
New International Bookshop
Victorian Trades Hall
(corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets)
Carlton, Melbourne

6:00 pm, Thursday 26 February
Sydney Trades Hall
4 Goulburn Street
co-sponsored by Unions NSW and the Sydney branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

Praise for Silvertown:

“Tully is a committed author with a fine ear for the apt and evocative phrase, whether it be from Bertolt Brecht, Jack London, or Karl Marx … Tully does a fine job of making the issues accessible to non-experts on both sides of the Atlantic, and situating the strike within the context of the political struggles of the day. Highly recommended.”—CHOICE

Cloth, 267 pages
ISBN: 978-1-58367-434-5
releasedate: February 2014
Also available as an e-book

Read an Excerpt in LINKS: International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Price: $28.95

“This is history at its best: rigorous in its use of sources and capacities to broaden our ways of seeing experience; analytically demanding in the ways it pushes us to rethink conventional wisdoms of all kinds; and imaginative in the range of its argumentation.”—Bryan D. Palmer, Canada Research Chair, Trent University; author of James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left and Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934

“A major contribution to labor history and to the history of East London … It is a serious and scholarly work written not with the usual academic detachment, but with a profound and moving feeling of empathy for the dispossessed and the exploited.”—Alvaro de Miranda, London East Research Institute, University of East London

“Tully depicts vividly how men and women, many coming from rural parts of Britain and Ireland, suffered and united together in the new industrial expansion. Mud, community, fumes and struggle. His descriptions and analysis will be useful and enjoyable for activists and academics alike.”—Oliver New, Tube Driver and senior representative, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT)

“In his preface the author expresses the hope that he has been able to tell adequately the story of the Silvertown strikers. Few reading this passionate and lively account can doubt that he has succeeded.”—John Marriott, Emeritus Professor of History, University of East London and author, Beyond the Tower

“Marvellous … John Tully tells the story with passion and purpose, which is how labour history ought to be written. He tells it at a cracking pace when events move fast, but also with seductive changes of ‘voice’, sometimes imagining the mood of the people, sometimes describing the setting and explaining ideas, and sometimes justifying his partisan position and choice of method.”—The Recorder