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An anarchist history event for St George’s Day!

An anarchist history event for St George's Day!
Tuesday, 23rd April, 2024    
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop*
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH
Tickets: £4.00
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Andrew Whitehead – A Devilish Kind of Courage – the tale of a notorious 1911 London gunfight, the ‘Siege of Sidney Street’, and its consequences.

On 3 January 1911, in the heart of London’s mainly Jewish East End, police discovered Latvian revolutionaries wanted for the murder of three officers. A six-hour gunfight ensued, with a fire consuming the besieged building. Winston Churchill, then Home Secretary, arrived at the scene and ordered the blaze not to be extinguished. Afterwards two charred bodies were found; the elusive Peter the Painter, believed to have been the ringleader, remained at large. This gripping episode, known as the ‘Siege of Sidney Street’, was a nationwide sensation and ignited fierce debates on immigration to Britain, political extremism and law enforcement. This book unravels the full story of the siege, the Latvian émigrés and their ties to the vibrant anarchist movement in London’s East End.

Andrew Whitehead has written, edited or jointly written several books for Five Leaves, including London Fictions and the Curious series of London books with Curious Muswell Hill due in November 2024. He is a historian and journalist, an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham, and was an editor of History Workshop Journal. He had a long career with the BBC, latterly being the Editor of BBC World Service News.

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