John Maclean, Hero of Red Clydeside by Henry Bell

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Book Launch,Waterstones, 153 – 157 Sauchiehall Street  Glasgow  G2 3EW

23 October, 2018,  7 p.m.

Join Henry Bell in conversation with Vannessa Collingridge as they discuss Henry’s new book on John Maclean.

Event is free but please register.

Or, if you can’t make it, order the book online.

Pluto Press and Waterstones are delighted to host the launch for John Maclean: Hero of Red Clydeside, the new book by Henry Bell. He will be in conversation with Dr. Vanessa Collingridge.

‘I am not here, then, as the accused; I am here as the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to foot’ – John Maclean, Speech from the Dock, 1918.

Feared by the government, adored by workers, celebrated by Lenin and Trotsky. The head of British Military Intelligence called John Maclean ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’.

This new biography explores the events that shaped the life of a momentous man – from the Great War and the Great Unrest, to the Rent Strike and the Russian Revolution. It examines his work as an organiser and educator, his imprisonment and hunger strike, and how he became the early hero of radical Scottish Independence.

Henry Bell is a writer and editor from Bristol. He edits Gutter Magazine. He is the author of John Maclean: Hero of Red Clydeside (Pluto, 2018), and has edited books including A Bird is Not a Stone (Freight Books, 2014) and Tip Tap Flat (Freight Books, 2012).

‘A beautifully structured and brilliantly written biography… Henry Bell’s moving, evocative portrait of the complex man and his times is compelling and timely. It tells not just the story of the radical hero from the red Clyde, but a story of Scotland’ – Jackie Kay, novelist and Makar

‘John Maclean’s swing towards the project of socialist independence for Scotland contains detailed lessons for today. Bell’s biography tells the story of how a potter’s son from the outskirts of Glasgow ended up schooling Lenin on the dynamics of class and nation’ – Paul Mason, journalist and author

‘A fine introduction to Scotland’s most famous revolutionary. It acknowledges the power of the John Maclean legend but gives the facts from which that legend grew… and it reminds us of the tragic price that he and his family paid for his dedication to the cause of Marxist revolution’ – James Robertson, novelist and poet

‘There have been other biographies of John Maclean, but this clearly written narrative by Henry Bell sets a new standard in its careful balance and judicious conclusions. Maclean emerges from the pages of the book as a more complex figure than that depicted hitherto’ – Sir Tom Devine, Professor Emeritus at The University of Edinburgh

‘It is always good to see something new published about John Maclean. Since the Glasgow Labour Party retreated from Socialism it has done it’s best to forget him… Scotland does not deserve its greatest people’ – Alasdair Gray, writer and artist

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