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Laurie Penny
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7 Oct 2011
In the space of a year, Laurie Penny has become one of the most prominent voices of the new left. This book brings together her diverse writings, showing what it is to be young, angry and progressive in the face of an increasingly violent and oppressive UK government.

Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent collects Penny's writings on youth politics, resistance, feminism and culture. Her journalism is a unique blend of persuasive analysis, captivating interviews and first-hand accounts of political direct action. She was involved in all the key protests of 2010/2011, including the anti-fees demos in 2010 and the anti-cuts protests of spring 2011, often tweeting live from the scene of kettles and baton charges. An introduction and extensive footnotes allow Penny to connect all the strands of her work, showing the links between political activism and wider social and cultural issues.

This book is essential for understanding what motivates the new generation of activists, writers and thinkers that bring creativity, energy and urgency to the fight against capitalism and exploitation.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (7 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745332080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745332086
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cuts, sexism and riots, Laurie Penny's fresh and angry voice captures the moment and the important issues - highly recommended. (Polly Toynbee)

Penny is re-inventing the language of dissent, delivering verbal taser-barbs to the left and right, and causing apoplexy among the old men in cardigans who run the British blogosphere. (Paul Mason, economics editor of BBC's Newsnight)

In riots, kettles and occupations, and with visceral anger, big-eyed desperation and wicked humour, this is Laurie Penny at her very best; filing articles on her Blackberry from the front line and giving a voice to a generation already at the end of its tether. (Dan Hancox, author of Kettled Youth (2011))

About the Author

Laurie Penny is a journalist, feminist, and political activist from London. She is a regular writer for the New Statesman and the Guardian, and has also contributed to the Independent, Red Pepper and the Evening Standard. She is the author of Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism (2011). She has presented Channel 4's Dispatches and been on the panel of the BBC's Any Questions. Her blog, 'Penny Red', was shortlisted for the Orwell prize in 2010.

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17 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More rubbish from a wannabe writer 27 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Laurie Penny makes another attempt at writing, and again misses the mark. Anything she writes has to be taken with a pinch of salt as she attended Brighton College, 10,000 per term, an exclusive, privileged educational centre & of course onto Oxford.

Penny always has an anger to her writing that those on the left appear to love, how many realise she is of the same class as those they despise. This work continues that anger and gives the impression that she leads from the front on issues, when in fact she jumps on the latest bandwagon. This week loving Islam, last ban page 3, week before online bullying, there is always something lacking.

I read half the book and decided not to waste any more of my life on it. Sorry 'Penny Red' it's a miss from me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious dribble 21 July 2014
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Self worshiping nonsense again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An abomination of modern literature 21 July 2014
The mad ramblings of an up jumped schoolgirl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very, VERY good. 9 Feb 2014
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The fact that this book only has 5-star or 1-star reviews (with the 1-star reviews written by men who accuse Laurie of 'whinging') is telling: this book is designed to make you feel uncomfortable and angry, and it's designed to make you think. Eye-opening and unforgettable. Particularly enjoyed the 'Undercover with the young Conservatives' bit (which can be found at the following link, if anyone is interested in a taster):


Buy this and read it — but with an OPEN MIND.
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12 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Read this now, because it is about now! And follow Laurie Penny on her blog, twitter; whatever and wherever you can if you want to get an articulate, authentic and inside view of current dissatisfactions with government, capitalism, policing and feminism - just for starters. If you're young (or not, like me) you will find her writing compelling and inspiring; not only reporting from the front line of the current activism but also educating by putting her views in a context that is grounded in wide reading. Emphatically for 'the people' or to paraphrase her and UK uncut (chapter 5, 'Our Society's Bigger Than Yours' : ' The real big society'.
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