Our colleague Prodigal Michael Taylor is just about to publish his first book. He describes it thus...
"Deprived of his weekly fix of trivia since the early spring, Prodigal Michael has been putting the finishing touches to his forthcoming book, which narrates the nineteenth-century fight between slaveholders and abolitionists over West Indian slavery. The Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery (The Bodley Head) describes how, twenty years after the slave trade had been abolished by Wilberforce and his allies, a new generation of abolitionists took up the fight over slavery itself against the Tory government (Canning, Gladstone, Peel, Wellington, et al), the powerful West India Interest, and much of the national press - including The Times and the Spectator. It has been described as 'a vital antidote to the Rees-Moggification of the national past' and it is released on 5 November.
P.S. The Prodigals now welcome any and all questions on colonial slavery for the coming season."
The two Michaels have been known to share the same watering hole so I thought it prudent to seek out a second opinion before deciding if this was an essential or non – essential purchase.
I am pleased to say I found what I was looking for in the review section of the Guardian over the weekend. An equally approving and appreciative review of “The Interest” also appeared in The Times on Saturday.
Sounds like a good and necessary read. File under “Non Fake Journalism”.
Sadly though, no mention of the Prodigals in either review. Nor of any other Withquiz team for that matter. Bleak to think that none of us will survive even as a footnote in modern history circles, let alone make it onto the ancient history syllabus for future generations. Like the corncrake and the Orkney vole we are creatures living on the edge of disappearance.