Some funny things about failure

In her latest blog post, Shannon reflects on oral history methodologies, and what she learnt from failing to be funny. Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Albania is published next Monday, 25 April. You can pre-order your copy here. I wanted to be funny. Danjela and I were in her Mum’s sewing room one afternoon and I thought of a joke that I reckoned would go down well with the women. I knew that…

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Life is War blog posts: Mrs Shkalla’s Education

In the lead up to the publication of Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Albania the author, Shannon Woodcock, has written a number of blog posts to introduce readers to the histories, contexts and methods that shaped the book. Written in the same vivid and observant style that runs throughout Life is War, the first post reflects on the formative moments in Shannon’s Albanian education, courtesy of Mrs Shkalla. You can pre-order Life is…

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Advance Praise – Life is War

Advance praise for the next HammerOn title, Shannon Woodcock’s Life is War, published on 25 April, is hitting the HammerOn inbox. Blendi Kajsiu, author of A Discourse Analysis of Corruption: Instituting Neoliberalism Against Corruption in Albania, 1998-2005 said ‘this book is one of those rare works that combines that best of two worlds, academia and literature. The book is rigorously academic in its investigation, analysis as well as the insights it offers. At the same…

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HammerOn news update

We were delighted to read Dimitrinka Atanasova‘s engaged review of Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement published in the LSE Review of Books on Monday. Here are a couple of choice phrases from the review: “When I reached for Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement, I expected to read a historical account of what is often seen as a controversial social movement. If weight or fat is linked to obesity, variously defined as a contributor…

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Happy World Book Day!

3 March is World Book Day. To celebrate HammerOn are offering a one day flash sale – 20% discount on all titles – apply the coupon code ‘wbd20‘ at the check out. You still get free shipping too… Happy reading!

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Events and other news

HammerOn have a number of events lined up in the next few months. All events are free, unless otherwise stated. We are very excited to announce that the book launch for Shannon Woodcock’s Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Albania will take place at The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, London, Wednesday 25 May, 6.30-8pm. Charlotte will be talking about her book at Queers in the Pub: Fat Activism…

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Charlotte on Radio 4’s Loose Ends

Don’t forget to tune into Charlotte speaking about her new book Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends Saturday 23 January, 6pm. The programme blurb says ‘Clive Anderson and Scottee are joined by Rafe Spall, Janet McTeer, Tom Allen and Charlotte Cooper for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Tindersticks and Vieux Farka Touré.’ What a combo! Hardback In other news the Hardback version of…

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Fat Activism – Media Round Up

What a week it has been for Fat Activism! The launch event on Friday at Gay’s the Word was simply lovely, and we sold out of all the copies we brought. Woop! People are loving the book, as these reviews make clear. Lynne Murray has the distinction of publishing the first online review of Fat Activism. Murray praised Charlotte’s comprehensive research: ‘Fat Activism is an essential reference for those who want to know where the…

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Fat Activism Published Today!

YES! The day has finally come, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement by Charlotte Cooper is officially released! You can buy it from this website in paperback, EPUB and hardback. You can also order Fat Activism at your local book store or buy it from all the usual online places. Please feel free to tweet using the #fatactivism hashtag, or support the book in any of the following ways. To celebrate publication we have made…

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