Bristle has written a blog post about a Kickstarter project to fund the publication of John Barker’s novel “Futures”, which I have reproduced here:
John Barker – former Stoke Newington Eight defendant and convicted ‘Angry Brigade‘ prisoner – wrote a novel called Futures. It was about the 1987 Great Storm, the subsequent Black Monday stock market crash, criminals, corrupt cops and cocaine. It was published in French and German.
Now he and publisher PM Press (which in 2010 republished the classic Gordon Carr text The Angry Brigade with extensive new material, and has also published an impressive two–volume account of the Rot Armee Fraktion amongst many other interesting titles) wish to release it in English for the first time.
To do this they need to raise £5,000. In one lump sum, that’s a daunting task. But crowdfunded by dozens or hundreds of donors – each of whom will be rewarded in kind – it is much more easily achievable.
The pot is nearly full, but there are only 24 hours to go. So please consider throwing a fiver or a tenner or more into the pot at the Futures Kickstarter page.
[John Barker still lives in Hackney as far as I know and the Kickstarter is 95% funded at the time of writing. So a project worth contributing to if you like the sound of it and want to support independent radical publishing. There’s a film of him on the Kickstarter page talking about the book but I can’t get it to work here.]