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So They Call You Pisher!

A Memoir

Author: Michael Rosen

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 9781786633996


Page: 320

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If you didn 't know whether to risk doing something, what 's the worst that could happen' So they call you pisher! ' In this humorous and moving memoir, Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the North London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe. Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution. Party meetings were held in the front room, summers were for communist camping holidays, till it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave "the Party." Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery- running away to march against the bomb at Aldermaston, writing and performing in experimental political theatre and getting arrested during the 1968 movements.

So They Call You Pisher!

A Memoir

Author: Michael Rosen

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1786633981

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 5358

The brilliant family memoir of the much-beloved poet and political campaigner In this hilarious, moving memoir, much-loved children’s poet and political campaigner Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. He was born in the North London suburbs, and his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the Jewish East End of the 1930s. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe. Different from other children, Rosen and his brother, Brian, grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution. Party meetings were held in the front room. Summers were for communist camping holidays. But it all changed after a trip to East Germany when, in 1957, his parents decided to leave ‘the Party’. From that point, Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to Aldermaston to march against the bomb; writing and performing in experimental political theatre at Oxford; getting arrested during the 1968 movements. The book ends with a letter to his father, and the revelation of a heartbreaking family secret.

Revolting Prostitutes

The Fight for Sex Workers' Rights

Author: Molly Smith,Juno Mac

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1786633639

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 8845

How the law harms sex workers—and what they want instead Do you have to endorse prostitution in order to support sex worker rights? Should clients be criminalized, and can the police deliver justice? In Revolting Prostitutes, sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith bring a fresh perspective to questions that have long been contentious. Speaking from a growing global sex worker rights movement, and situating their argument firmly within wider questions of migration, work, feminism, and resistance to white supremacy, they make it clear that anyone committed to working towards justice and freedom should be in support of the sex worker rights movement.

Against Creativity

Author: Oli Mould

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1786636476

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 4035

Everything you have been told about creativity is wrong. From line managers, corporate CEOs, urban designers, teachers, politicians, mayors, advertisers and even our friends and family, the message is 'be creative'. Creativity is heralded as the driving force of our contemporary society; celebrated as agile, progressive and liberating. It is the spring of the knowledge economy and shapes the cities we inhabit. It even defines our politics. What could possibly be wrong with this? In this brilliant, counter intuitive blast Oli Mould demands that we rethink the story we are being sold. Behind the novelty, he shows that creativity is a barely hidden form of neoliberal appropriation. It is a regime that prioritizes individual success over collective flourishing. It refuses to recognise anything - job, place, person - that is not profitable. And it impacts on everything around us: the places where we work, the way we are managed, how we spend our leisure time. Is there an alternative? Mould offers a radical redefinition of creativity, one embedded in the idea of collective flourishing, outside the tyranny of profit. Bold, passionate and refreshing, Against Creativity, is a timely correction to the doctrine of our times.

This is not my nose

Author: Michael Rosen

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

ISBN: 9780141015835

Category: Poetry

Page: 87

View: 4412

in Carrying the Elephant (Penguin, 2002) Michael Rosen wrote powerfully and poignantly about the experience of suddenly losing his teenage son to meningitis. in this new volume of eighty similarly shaped prose poems, Rosen explores an extraordinary event in his life: the fact that for over ten years he suffered from an undiagnosed illness which turned him into a stranger - to his friends, to his family and to himself. He writes masterfully of his awakening from the illness, like an ice Age suddenly coming to an end. The whole experience leads him to go back in his life to investigate other ways in which nothing was quite what it seemed to be.

Carrying the elephant

a memoir of love and loss

Author: Michael Rosen

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

ISBN: 9780141010274

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 83

View: 5970

dear joe, your wild noisy huge brother is dead. i couldn't do what my parents did: bring two boys, four years apart, through the maze in 72 prose-poems of extraordinary power and vividness, Michael Rosen tells the story of a life: his left-wing Jewish upbringing, with baffling childhood trips to Trafalgar Square, eastern Europe and hospital, followed by trainee days at the BBC under the watchful eyes of Mi5, breakdown of a marriage, development of a new relationship, and the joy of a new baby. And, in a core series of pieces, the central calamity of his life: the sudden death from meningitis of his eighteen-year-old son. 'Rather you than me' said one of the neighbours on hearing the news - a remark that Rosen records, as he does much else to do with the death, with a surprised, painful honesty which constantly brings the reader up short. Unflinching, totally lacking in mawkishness and self-pity, Carrying the Elephant is a triumph of imagination and curiosity.

A Massacre in Mexico

The True Story Behind the Missing 43

Author: Anabel Hernandez

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 1788731484

Category: Disappeared persons

Page: 432

View: 1393

"The definitive account of the mass disappearance of 43 Mexican students and the government that tried to cover it up On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, the students commandeered several buses to travel to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. During the journey, local police intercepted the students and a confrontation ensued. By the morning, they had disappeared without a trace. Hernández reconstructs almost minute-by-minute the events of those nights in late September 2014, giving us what is surely the most complete picture available: her sources are unparalleled, since she has secured access to internal government documents that have not been made public, and to video surveillance footage the government has tried to hide and destroy. Hernández demolishes the Mexican state's official version, which the Peña Nieto government cynically dubbed the "historic truth." State officials at all levels, from police and prosecutors to the upper echelons of the PRI administration, conspired to put together a fake case, concealing or manipulating evidence, and arresting and torturing dozens of "suspects" who then obliged with full "confessions" that matched the official lie. In the wake of the students' disappearances, protestors in Mexico took up the slogan "Fue el estado"-"It was the state." Hernández's book is the one that gives most precision and credibility to the claim: by following the role of the various Mexican state agencies through the events in such remarkable detail, she allows to see exactly which parts of the state are responsible for which component of this monumental crime"--

Quick, Let's Get Out of Here

Author: Michael Rosen

Publisher: Puffin

ISBN: 9780141362977


Page: 128

View: 5539

The yucky things your brother does, the annoying things your parents say, the funny things you feel. Michael Rosen knows all about YOU! Family life from the brilliant Michael Rosen & Quentin Blake.

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Author: Michael Rosen

Publisher: Walker

ISBN: 9781406317848

Category: Bereavement

Page: 40

View: 8575

We all have 'sad stuff' to deal with in life. What makes Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died. In this book he writes about his sadness, how it affects him, and some of the things he does to try to cope with it.

Don't Mention the Children

Author: Michael Rosen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993149023


Page: 222

View: 7134

Fans of Rosen's children's books will enjoy the way these poems combine the silly and the sinister to catch the surrealism of everyday life, somewhere between Jacques Prévert, Ivor Cutler and Adrian Mitchell.

The Bear in the Cave

Author: Michael Rosen,Adrian Reynolds

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 074757765X

Category: Bears

Page: 28

View: 771

Journey with Bear from his quiet home by the seaside to the noisy city, and back. This warm, happy and very satisfying picture book features all the movement, rhythm and rhyme of favourite Rosen picture books like We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Each copy includes a CD of the story, read by the author.

I Am, I Am, I Am

Seventeen Brushes with Death

Author: Maggie O'Farrell

Publisher: Knopf Canada

ISBN: 0735274126

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 2495

An extraordinary memoir--told entirely in near-death experiences--from one of Britain's bestselling novelists, for fans of Wild, When Breath Becomes Air, and The Year of Magical Thinking. We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her in the hospital for nearly a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a serial killer on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and a restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty and mysteries of life itself.


Author: Michael Rosen,John Shelley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781903015810

Category: Children's stories

Page: 111

View: 7158

Michael Rosen keeps bumping into a chatty old lady who tells him wildly unlikely stories - like there being man eating fleas on the London tube. In addition there are grizzly bears roaming the streets of London, killer wasps and all sorts of tall tales. Seven stories of funny mock horror by the inimitable Michael Rosen. Not for the faint hearted!

Frances Calderón De La Barca

Author: Howard T. Fisher,Marion Hall Fisher

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1514421364

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 402

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Frances Erskine Inglis, daughter of a prominent lawyer and Freemason, was born in Edinburgh in 1804. As the Marquesa de Calderón de la Barca, she died in Madrid's Royal Palace in 1882. During her life she was a teacher, legation hostess, and successful author, remembered now for her travel classic Life in Mexico and semi-fictional The Attaché in Madrid. But her books tell nothing about the greater part of her far-ranging career, which led through a half-dozen countries in response to bankruptcy, extortion, marriage, diplomacy, and revolution. For this colorful biography the authors have drawn from many sources, including contemporary memoirs, diaries, and numerous letters by and about Madame Calderón. Sometimes her trenchant commentary on people and places flared into newspaper controversy. From all that can be discovered about her, she emerges as a person of high abilities, energy, and nerve. In addition to the spirited woman at the center of the story, there are also her extraordinary family and a cast of memorable minor characters.

Davy the Punk

A Story of Bookies, Toronto the Good, the Mob and My Dad

Author: Bob Bossin

Publisher: The Porcupine's Quill

ISBN: 0889843694

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 9684

In the first half of the 20th century, Toronto prided itself on being ‘Toronto the Good’. But Davy the Punk’s Toronto was tantalizingly bad. In the 1930s Davy Bossin was known in the gambling underworld as ‘Davy the Punk’. He was the city’s top layoff man, the ‘bookies’ bookie’ who connected Toronto to the continental betting racket. Later he ran the Toronto terminus of the notorious race wire, the underground information network essential to the gambling industry. By the 1940s, that put Davy in the crosshairs of the law’s efforts to quash organized crime. To see Davy Bossin, you would never have guessed it. Outwardly, he was so taciturn that some thought him mute. (‘What you don’t say can’t be used against you,’ he taught his son.) But at the right time, among ‘right’ guys, Davy was a consummate storyteller, regaling his pals with outrageous tales of horse-race gambling, the mob and the underside of show biz. Eagerly taking it all in was his son, Bobby, who would grow up to be Canadian indie music pioneer Bob Bossin, a revered storyteller in his own right. Now 70 years after his father’s precedent-setting legal battle, Bob tells the story of Davy the Punk. By turns funny, maddening, insightful and moving, it is both a memoir of father and son and an eye-opening reconsideration of law-breakers and lawmen, of the Great Migration, and of the distressingly anti-Semitic Canada left out of the history books.

Listening to a Pogrom on the Radio

Author: Michael Rosen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780995767522

Category: English poetry

Page: 160

View: 5053

Poetry about anti-Semitism, racism, Facisim and war, Trump, le Pen, the stupid and the sinister, the ridiculous and the revolting.

Reading and Rebellion

An Anthology of Radical Writing for Children 1900-1960

Author: Kimberley Reynolds,Jane Rosen,Michael Rosen

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198806189


Page: 496

View: 5884

This new anthology of radical writings for children from the first half of the twentieth century contains a wide selection of the kinds of materials that left-wing and progressive parents would have wanted their children to read, and which children understood as part of their initiation into a politically radical class.

East End Vernacular

Artists who Painted London's East End Streets in the 20th Century

Author: Gentle Author

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780995740112

Category: East End (London, England)

Page: 155

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'East End Vernacular' presents a magnificent selection of pictures - many never published before - revealing the evolution of painting in the East End of London and tracing the changing character of the streets through the 20th century.

The Book of Emma Reyes

Author: Emma Reyes

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143108689

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 177

View: 1983

"Startling and astringently poetic." --The New York Times A literary discovery: an extraordinary account, in the tradition of The House on Mango Street and Angela's Ashes, of a Colombian woman's harrowing childhood This astonishing memoir was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nearly a decade after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel García Márquez. Comprised of letters written over the course of thirty years, and translated and introduced by acclaimed writer Daniel Alarcón, it describes in vivid, painterly detail the remarkable courage and limitless imagination of a young girl growing up with nothing. Emma Reyes was an illegitimate child, raised in a windowless room in Bogotá with no water or toilet and only ingenuity to keep her and her sister alive. Abandoned by their mother, she and her sister moved to a Catholic convent housing 150 orphan girls, where they washed pots, ironed and mended laundry, scrubbed floors, cleaned bathrooms, sewed garments and decorative cloths for the nuns--and lived in fear of the Devil. Illiterate and knowing nothing of the outside world, Emma escaped at age nineteen, eventually establishing a career as an artist and befriending the likes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as European artists and intellectuals. The portrait of her childhood that emerges from this clear-eyed account inspires awe at the stunning early life of a gifted writer whose talent remained hidden for far too long. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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