The Freethinker is a journal which was founded in 1881 to "wage relentless war against Superstition in general, and Christian Superstition in particular." It has been fiercely critical of religion, but has also been deeply concerned with what its founder described as "diffusing happiness through the grander circle of humanity."
'Jim Herrick has produced a lively and highly readable story, centred on the life of one unorthodox journal. But incidentally, in his presentation of the setting of that story, he has written an exceptionally fascinating chapter of British social history, covering the past century's changes in beliefs, attitudes and conventions.' Barbara Wootton