5 out of 5 stars “Powerful, moving story….
I have just been re-reading bits of this book, prior to writing a review, and as before, l find l can’t put it down, with the end of one engrossing chapter leading me on to the next. The story of a young non-violent revolutionary in the 1980s , when there were American nuclear missiles on British soil, is moving and inspiring and at the same time very funny. Whether he is feeling angry or frustrated or elated, or even just annoyed with himself because he has burnt his boots sitting too close to a campfire, Chris Savory takes you every step of the way with him in this heartfelt memoir. I thoroughly recommend it.” – Amazon reviewer
Confessions Of A Non-Violent Revolutionary
The True Story of a Peace Activist in Thatcher’s Britain, Chris Savory
‘…Insights into how individual action can play a role in avoiding Armageddon.’ – Billy Bragg
Britain in the 1980s – strikes, the dole, IRA bombings, CND demos, poll tax riots, vegetarian food, radical feminism, and an international build-up of weapons guaranteeing ‘mutually-assured destruction’. Rejecting the privileges that life offers him, Chris Savory seeks to redress wider injustices in society by rejecting future wealth, power, and status to follow his ideals. He throws himself into political struggle – living in poverty, sleeping in tents and on floors, braving the mud and cold, surviving on bean stews and wholemeal bread – to the general disapproval of respectable society. His aim? To bring about a non-violent revolution, disarmament, and an eco-feminist socialist utopia! Oxford University in 1980 opens up a world of opportunity, but the threat of imminent nuclear war pushes Chris to make life-changing decisions. Alienated by the casual superiority of his peers, he abandons essay-writing and sherry with the Dean to embark on a constant round of organising and protesting – peace camps, marches, illegal direct actions, communes, and anarchist street theatre. The triumph of Thatcherism and the defeat of progressive politics leaves him feeling despair, anger and isolation. But having given everything to fight the system, how can he re-enter mainstream society? At the heart of this memoir is a deeply honest and heartfelt human story, spiced with humour and colourful details of the 1980s’ counterculture. In an age of climate crisis and Extinction Rebellion, Confessions Of A Non-Violent Revolutionary is a thought-provoking and engaging record of a previous wave of mass civil disobedience and an opportunity to learn lessons from the recent history of grassroots political struggle.
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CHRIS SAVORY has spent his whole adult life trying to make the world a better place through protest, local politics, education, community campaigns and volunteering for social enterprises. He was born in 1961 in Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia. He arrived in England aged two and has subsequently lived in Kent, Essex, Paris, Oxfordshire, Missouri, Yorkshire, Berwickshire, Herefordshire, Dorset, and South-West London. Chris is married with two adult stepchildren. He loves his ukulele, choirs, watching football, rivers, soft toys, marmalade, the seaside, beer, country music and London. He struggles with chronic depression, exhaustion, and joint pains.