Communists and British Society 1920-1991: People of a Special Mould

Eric Hobsbawm writes:

British studies in this field are particularly well developed, thanks to the numerous published volumes of British Communist biography and autobiography, to exceptionally comprehensive research and to the interest of established works of reference. Of the books on life and memory, Communists and British Society 1920-91 is the most ambitious and informative. It is based on Kevin Morgan’s extensive Manchester project on British Communist biography, with its data on 4500 individuals, and on the work of an enthusiastic but by no means always unanimous group of researchers who have been active in this field in recent years. Morgan seems to have been single-handedly responsible for most of the 175 interviews that form the core of the book.

(LRB 26 April 2007)