Therevisionist.org.uk by Lilian Pizzichini
I am the editor of a new website that I hope will pick up the books and ideas that fall off the pages of mainstream media. There are too many good books being published by too many good, independent publishers that are not getting the attention they deserve.
As an author and critic myself, I have a history in broadsheet literary journalism. As the daughter of sub-proletariat parents who worked hard for me to get an education I want to open the door to the world of the clubbable literary elite. It shouldn’t be members-only anymore, or books with TV tie-ins. Readers who are hard to reach should be reading and writing about books and ideas that affect their lives. They should have direct dialogues with publishers and authors.
I chose the name Revisionist because I like the idea of revising our view of history. As a writer it is my practice to revise. If there are stories I’m not satisfied with as a reader, I go in and fix them as a writer: that’s revision.
The Revisionist focuses on books and ideas that offer alternative / radical histories; stories of protest and resistance; abuses of power and the news they don’t want to tell you.
It includes interviews with and articles by authors, artists and publishers who deserve a second look; histories that haven’t been heard, outsiders and rebels, anyone who takes us behind the scenes of what’s happening on the world stage.
The inaugural edition includes articles by Nicholas Blincoe on his history of Bethlehem, and Iqbal Ahmed on his view of Germany through a migrant’s eyes. Also, a bookmaker offers odds on thermonuclear war in 2018, and I decode the NonSpeak surrounding Grenfell Tower. Besides this, there are anarchist bandits, social-housing tenants, history thieves and a field guide to charity bookshops.
Coming Up in the next few weeks:
Blood on the Page: Murder in Hampstead. The year is 2006. The victim a reclusive biographer and expert on George Bernard Shaw. The suspect a Chinese dissident named Wang Yam. This is the story of the first secret trial in modern British history, and a dogged reporter hunting down the truth behind the greatest whodunnit of recent years.
The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty: Not just a family saga, this is an account of the quest for power in Palestine from Napoleon’s invasion to zionism.
Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class – how we choose our food, consume our art and express our thoughts; how our class affects our mental health; what it’s like to live on an estate and why the seaside is important.
How homophobia and a doomed inheritance brought down a 14th-century king.
Finally, Seditious and/or Unremarked Women #1: A Secret Sisterhood and Margaret Pole. Here we find the obscure governess who wrote plays and worked for Jane Austen’s family, the daring feminist who inspired Charlotte Bronte; the elderly princess beheaded by Henry VIII and the female leader of the Peasant’s Revolt side-lined by her male comrade-at-arms, Wat Tyler.
Please feel free to write to me with ideas, articles, etc. I need your input to make this count as a democratic venture.