novel by Polyp.
This is an ideal book for children or grandchildren you may be having to entertain this summer. It is a story of the ongoing adventure of co-operation in three sections: past, present and future. The historical section packs in information about the Tolpuddle Matyrs, Peterloo and a host of other iconic working-class events, together with the bare bones of the story, and the promised graphic illustrations. The culmination, inevitably, is the Rochdale Pioneers and their decision to liberate themselves from capitalist shop-keeping. The final image is the grave of George Holyoake, appropriately next to George Eliot in Highgate Cemetery--another excellent outing for young people and those looking after them in London this summer.
Finally, we have Polyp's vision of the future of co-operation, a futuristic fantasy where an entirely politically correct workers collective called Rochdale Aerotech successfully equip a future Mars exploration project with special 'atmosphere parachutes'. I must confess that this section strained my bioregionally honed senses to breaking point, but it might find more favour with those who still see Forward to Mars as a promise rather than a threat.
The book is a wonderful inspiration with all the key players and a concluding co-operative timeline that would be useful in the classroom as well as for reading on the beach.