2021 update: Following the sad loss of our friend Chris Richardson in 2020, this website will continue to be maintained for the foreseeable future, but will no longer be updated. Please keep an eye on the blog/website of the People’s Histreh group instead.

Reviews of the book:

Howard Fisher, The Thoroton Society:

“The book adds significantly to our knowledge of mid-nineteenth century Nottingham and deserves a place on the bookshelf of any Local Historian with an interest in the town and, indeed, for anyone with an interest in the UK history of the labour movements of the UK, of Chartism, Owen Socialism, Co-operation and Feminism. It is highly recommended.”

 For the full text of the review see: The Thoroton Society

Richard Venner, Nottinghamshire Local History Society:

“This is an outstanding collection of fascinating tales which really are worth reading.”

For the full text of the review see: The Nottinghamshire Historian, No 92, Spring/Summer 2014.

Veronica Trick, North West Labour History:

“That Christopher Richardson has been a resident of Nottingham and active in the Co-operative Movement for over 40 years certainly shines through this very readable book. His admiration for the struggles of working people for justice and fellowship and ‘self organisation’ is here too as he tells their often forgotten stories.”

For the full text of the review see: North West Labour History, No 39, 2014-15.

 Cheryl Law, Women’s History Magazine:

“Richardson’s narrative of the painstaking and often dangerous accretion of socialist endeavour into a local movement brings into focus women such as Emma Martin, a Social Missionary ….. Richardson also includes individual womens activists; of particular interest are those invoved in publishing and selling radical newspapers during the campaign relating to the unstamped press…”

For the full text of the review see: Women’s History Magazine, No. 76,  Autumn 2014.

Ross Bradshaw, 5 Leaves Bookshop  and co-organiser of Lowdham Book Festival :

“It’s fantastic.”

For more comments catch him in 5 Leaves Bookshop on a quiet day.
For the full text of the review see: The Nottinghamshire Historian, No 92, Spring/Summer 2014.

Co-operative News:

For a report on the book launch and a presentation at the 2013 annual conference of the Society for Co-operative Studies see: Co-operative News, November 5-19 2014.

Left Lion:

“Light reading: City of Light celebrates Nottingham’s gobbiness during the nineteenth century, when we got up to all sorts in the name of education. We chatted to the author, Christopher Richardson, about the role of libraries, literacy and Luddites in the city’s history … ”

For the full text of the interview see: Left Lion, August/September 2014.