Hooray for the blackshirts (book)
Apparently, Plymouth used to be the fascist capital of the South West, with some 1,500 local people joining the British Union of Fascists party.
That’s according to author Todd Gray who will be talking about his new book, the snappily titled Blackshirts In Devon, at Plymouth’s In Other Words Bookshop tomorrow evening.
Anyone who’s read the WMN letters page recently may disagree that this subject is ‘a surprising and shocking aspect of Devon’s history’ but the tome’s unusual archival sources, including MI5 files and fascist newspapers, should be pretty interesting.
For more information contact Prudence de Villiers on
In more book news (oh yes!), Plymouth’s favourite local historian Chris Robinson releases his new tome on Friday. Called Then & Now, it boasts loads of pictures of Plymouth then and pictures of Plymouth now. Do. You. See?
We’re big fans of Robinson and, having had a sneak peak, can highly recommended the latest book - primarily because we’re gonna be buying copies for our entire family for crimbo.
Although, considering our family, the blackshirts book will probably be more warmly received.
Posted by Thin White Duke
October 31st, 2006