HammerOn Press Summer Sale!

It’s summer sale time at HammerOn! You can get 20% off all our titles plus free shipping. All you need to do is input coupon ‘summer2016’ at the checkout. This offer is valid until 31 July 2016. Not familiar with all the books HammerOn have published? Check out the list below. Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Albania by Shannon Woodcock Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement by Charlotte Cooper Prejudice and Pride: LGBT…

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Reviews of HammerOn titles

HammerOn titles are getting a fair bit of attention in academic journals and specialist press, and rightly so. In a review of Charlotte Cooper’s Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement, published in medical journal The Lancet, Tania Glyde writes: ‘In this public [obesity] discourse the voices of people who would be identified as obese are rarely heard. Enter Charlotte Cooper, researcher, performer, and therapist who has devoted most of her adult life to fat activism.…

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Life is War – London launch Photos

What a brilliant couple of days we had in London this week celebrating the launch of Shannon Woodcock’s awesome Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Albania. Thanks to Eva Megias we have a beautiful set of images from Wednesday’s event at the Wiener Library, where the audience was treated to a captivating lecture. Massive thanks again to the Wiener Library  and Housmans for being excellent and supportive hosts. Shannon will speak at two more…

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Life is War – Events This Week!

This week the city of London will be treated to the presence of Dr Shannon Woodcock, life historian supremo and author of the awe-inspiring Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Albania. Tuesday night we hit Housmans Book shop for an informal reading, followed by a Q & A. The reading starts at 7pm, and entry is £3, which is redeemable against any purchase in-store. Wednesday we take over the Wiener Library from 6.30-8pm. Shannon…

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Furgons – Life is War blog

For our next Life is War blog post, take a ride with Shannon in a furgon! *** “Oh çuni!” the driver waved to me from behind the wheel of the minivan, eager to fill the seats and hit the road before night fell. Çuni, pronounced choo-nee, literally means “boy,” and is used to address young men in Albania. Reading me as such, the driver directed me into the seats at the back of the van.…

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Tirana – Life is War

In the latest blog post written to celebrate the publication of her new book, Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Albania, Shannon Woodcock discusses how Albania’s capital city, Tirana, has changed in the 20th and 21st centuries. Be sure to check out details of Life is War events taking place late May/ early June in London, Tirana and Bristol. *** In the first ten minutes on the ground in Albania I learnt that the…

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Life is War – Published Today!

Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Albania by Shannon Woodcock is published today. HammerOn are immensely proud to be publishing this book! Life is War is a powerful collection of oral histories, written with integrity and honour that delves deep into the everyday lived experience of Albania’s communist regime, recounted through the memories of people who survived ‘that time.’ As Blendi Kajsiu writes in his recommendation, the book impressively blends scholarly and literary worlds:…

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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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