Peace, love and petrol bombs. Someone we know?

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Peace, love and petrol bombs. Someone we know?

Peace, love and petrol bombs

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Wayne Foster is fed up. How long can you work a dead-end job as a full-time burger-flipper in a small town in Scotland before you start to wonder what comes next? Add a likeable geek with a love of political theory, and an angry French anarchist, and suddenly you have a rebellion on your hands.

The second in our new fiction series! Peace, Love & Petrol Bombs is the modern working-class novel, rife with dry wit and disaffected humor—the perfect antidote to "serious" political fiction.

D. D. Johnston is a working-class stiff, former burger-flipper, and a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Gloucestershire.

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Mar 3 2011 18:13

Ha ha maybe!

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Mar 3 2011 18:57

Sounds like a fun read. Anyone have any clue when it will be available?

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Mar 3 2011 21:13

eek

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Mar 3 2011 21:18
bozemananarchy wrote:
Sounds like a fun read. Anyone have any clue when it will be available?

Link does say June, Amazon say August. Either way you can pre-order.

Anyone have a guess at whether this is going to be any good?

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Mar 3 2011 21:33

Has to be. cool

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Mar 4 2011 01:33

Proleporn.

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Mar 4 2011 18:57

Sounds brilliant.

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Mar 4 2011 19:33

He'll probably be along soon to tell us we all smell.

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Mar 4 2011 19:41

You do smell, tbf.

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Mar 5 2011 09:08

yikes!

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Mar 5 2011 16:16
Refused wrote:
You do smell, tbf.

Well it's not me wafting my stinky shoe.

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Mar 7 2011 11:56

I read an early version of it, and it is great! The author is a wanker, however.

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Mar 17 2011 11:46
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Peace, love and petrol bombs
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Wayne Foster is fed up. How long can you work a dead-end job as a full-time burger-flipper in a small town in Scotland before you start to wonder what comes next? Add a likeable geek with a love of political theory, and an angry French anarchist, and suddenly you have a rebellion on your hands.

The second in our new fiction series! Peace, Love & Petrol Bombs is the modern working-class novel, rife with dry wit and disaffected humor—the perfect antidote to "serious" political fiction.

D. D. Johnston is a working-class stiff, former burger-flipper, and a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Gloucestershire.

Anybody know the name of the first book in the series?

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Mar 17 2011 12:46

I think it's a series in that AK are publishing novels rather than this book being a sequel to an earlier one. First was this:
http://www.akpress.org/2010/items/flashanovel

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Mar 17 2011 19:10
tigersiskillers wrote:
I think it's a series in that AK are publishing novels rather than this book being a sequel to an earlier one. First was this:
http://www.akpress.org/2010/items/flashanovel

Which apparently is supposed to be good.

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Mar 18 2011 12:49
tigersiskillers wrote:
I think it's a series in that AK are publishing novels rather than this book being a sequel to an earlier one. First was this:
http://www.akpress.org/2010/items/flashanovel

Cheers for the link. It looks interesting.

I see that Jim Miller's first novel is available as a free downloadable PDF.

That looks like it's worth checking out as well.

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Mar 18 2011 13:37

Sounds terrible.

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Jul 26 2011 06:59

Chili says the Jim Miller novel was pretentious. Think there was a review in Freedom sometime in the last six months.

But the Johnston book is going to be at the Edinburgh book fringe as its due for release.

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Jul 27 2011 08:38

I got a copy yesterday through Friends of AK. Can't tell if it will be bad. The title makes it sound completely shit.

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Jul 27 2011 09:45

Good review here:
http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/140764-peace-love-petrol-bombs-by-d.d.-johnston

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Lumpen wrote:
I got a copy yesterday through Friends of AK. Can't tell if it will be bad. The title makes it sound completely shit.

Oops, I meant "SOUNDS INTRIGUING."

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Aug 19 2011 17:48

My review here: http://libcom.org/blog/review-peace-love-petrol-bombs-dd-johnston-18082011

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Dec 18 2011 22:07

really enjoyed it.

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Dec 19 2011 09:18

lol! I wish all book reviews were written like that! smile

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Dec 19 2011 18:02

Yeah, I read that review at the bookfair. I think it would have been more honest to say "I don't like the author of this book and here's why PS I don't like libcom either" than call it a book review…

Also, I know that common people is coffee machines favourite song (and political argument) but unfortunately it doesn't really work here as Wayne is much more proley than coffee machine.

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Dec 20 2011 17:03

The author and the French woman I know, but apart from that I didn't recognise any of the characters (apart from Simon Chapman who I think starts off having a pseudonym and then is addressed by his real name - the book generally needed a bit more editing imho.) Did I miss any? Is Revol in it? I thought he would be but there was no Belfast in the book which was disappointing.

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Dec 20 2011 17:22

A poor man's Stuart Home

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Dec 20 2011 18:44
georgestapleton wrote:
The author and the French woman I know, but apart from that I didn't recognise any of the characters (apart from Simon Chapman who I think starts off having a pseudonym and then is addressed by his real name - the book generally needed a bit more editing imho.) Did I miss any? Is Revol in it? I thought he would be but there was no Belfast in the book which was disappointing.

it looks like Belfast was swapped for Hackney in the book, because I guess Hackney is a bit cooler!

I didn't get any mention of Simon, before he was mentioned by his real name. And no, I'm pretty sure revol isn't in it. I didn't know any of the characters apart from those two either (I imagine more of them are composite characters from his work colleagues, rather than from the anarchist movement), although Spocky for example was more Owen from Ragged trousered philanthropists rather than an actual person.

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Dec 20 2011 19:20

I didnt really like this book that much. Is it easier to stomach if you recognize some of the characters?

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Aug 21 2012 17:37

how small *is* the anarchist movement? seems like you all know each other. not that that's a bad thing, i'm just used to internet forums being pretty anonymous. can i join in?

i bought this book a while ago but haven't gotten round to reading it yet.

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