Peterloo: Witnesses to a massacre by Polyp, Poole and Schlunke

A visually dramatic and nuanced graphic history which brings to life the truth of Manchester’s infamous Peterloo Massacre in 1819.

Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: New Internationalist
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-78026-475-2
Size: 160mm x 230mm
Category: Graphic Non-fiction
Date published: 23 May 2019

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The explosive tale of Peterloo, told ‘verbatim’ style through the voices of those who were there. More than 15 people died and 600 were severely wounded by sabre-wielding troops at a peaceful pro-democracy rally. This is a visual account of the 16 August, 1819 massacre, to be published as part of the 200th anniversary commemorations.

The entire narrative is drawn exclusively from the direct testimony of the time much of it newly unearthed by leading historian Professor Robert Poole, including letters, memoirs, journalist’s accounts, spies’ reports and courtroom evidence. These have been carefully woven together into rich, vivid illustrations by professional cartoonist, illustrator and graphic novelist Polyp.

At a time when democracy is under siege the memory of Peterloo is all the more crucial, and challenges the reader to ask what we have done with the legacy passed on by those who died.

Polyp (Paul Fitzgerald) is a full-time political cartoonist. He is the author and illustrator of Speechless (a wordless world history), The Co-operative Revolution and Little Worm’s Big Question.

Robert Poole is author of Peterloo: the English Uprising (OUP, 1819) and consultant historian to the Peterloo 2019 anniversary programme. He is Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire.

Eva Schlunke is an artist, writer, activist and campaigner. She co-authored and illustrated Little Worm’s Big Question and was the key artist behind the mass-participation Peterloo public events of 2015/16.

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ISBN 9781780264752
Manufacturer New Internationalist
Values and causes Educational, New Internationalist

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