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Letters to Change the World: From Pankhurst to Orwell

Travis Elborough



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Ebury Press
17 September 2018
Diaries, letters & journals; Anthologies (non-poetry); History; General & world history
A collection of some of the most politically and socially inspiring letters that have helped change the world and the way we see it

‘We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed’ Martin Luther King

In an era where the liberties we often take for granted are under threat, Letters To Change the World is a collection of inspiring letters offering reminders from history that standing up for and voicing our personal and political beliefs is not merely a crucial right but a duty if we want to change the world.

Edited by Travis Elborough, the collection includes George Orwell's warning on totalitarianism, Martin Luther King's 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail', Albert Camus on the reasons to fight a war, Bertrand Russell on peace, Emmeline Pankhurst rallying her suffragettes, Nelson Mandela's letter to his children from prison and Time's Up on the abuse of power.
Edited by:   Travis Elborough
Imprint:   Ebury Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   379g
ISBN:   9781785039478
ISBN 10:   1785039474
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   17 September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Described as 'one of Britain's finest pop culture historians' by The Guardian, Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for nearly two decades, and frequently appears on BBC Radio 4 and Five Live. His books include a history of London's iconic Routemaster bus, The Bus We Loved (2005) and London Bridge in America- The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing (2013). A Walk in the Park- The Life and Times of a People's Institution was published to great acclaim in 2016, with William Boyd declaring it 'a fascinating, informative, revelatory book'. Our History of the 20th Century- As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters (2017) was hailedby David Kynaston as 'a wonderfully curated collection of intimate diary voices- rich in their variousness, compelling in their impact, and cumulatively giving us a fresh and thought-provoking version of twentieth-century Britain'.

Reviews for Letters to Change the World: From Pankhurst to Orwell

Visionaries, idealists and ordinary citizens speak out in this remarkable, timely anthology... At a time of political uncertainty, the collection demonstrates the importance of speaking truth to power. -- PD Smith * Guardian *

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