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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications; 1st edition (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907869514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907869518
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


There are some writers who should be better known. Ward shouldn't only be better known, he should be compulsory reading (which, of course, he would almost certainly have found a disgusting idea). When you have the text of a lecture delivered, in 1972, in Eastbourne, to the annual conference of the Royal Institute of Public Health and you find that what is being said there still has urgent contemporary relevance, then you have to admit that something important is being said. --Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

This book is a good, provacative read; many of Ward's ideas were ahead of his time and are gaining political traction now. A phrase he often used to describe his view of anarchy was 'the seed beneath the snow'; could it be that the seeds are emerging in what is now called 'localism'? Not all anarchists are wrong. --Resurgence and Ecologist

About the Author

Colin Ward was the author of around thirty books on housing, planning, education, water distribution, transport and anarchism. These include a book on anarchism for OUP and 'Cotters and Squatters' for Five Leaves. He died in 2010 and obituaries appeared in every broadsheet. Colin Ward 'made anarchism respectable, but not too respectable'. He was the editor of Anarchy magazine, joint editor of Freedom and the founding editor of the Bulletin of Environmental Education, as well as being a columnist for the New Statesman and the Journal of the Town and Country Planning Association.

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