By Fenner Brockway
“Fenner Brockway lived a long life and it was certainly packed with colourful action. Here we are reproducing the first volume of his autobiography, which was written on the eve of the Second World War. Never afraid to court controversy, this book celebrated the Socialist movement’s opposition to the First World War, and the activities of an anti-war movement which continued after that conflict.
A pupil of Keir Hardie and Bernard Shaw, the young Brockway found his natural home in the Independent Labour Party, which developed his talents as an editor and public agitator. He became acquainted with many of the key personalities of international socialism, and with all the leading figures on the British Left, including H. G. Wells, Bertrand Russell and the political spokesmen of the growing Labour movement.
This book contains Brockway’s detailed account of the efforts of the British Left to find some kind of political unity during the years of the Labour Party’s split, when Ramsay MacDonald formed a National Government. The ILP left the Labour Party, and entered into a variety of negotiations with the Communists and others to attempt to crystallise a Socialist opposition.”
Foreword to the new edition
Morning Star, 22nd March 2010 – John Green