In long road from jarrow stuart maconie recounts his retracing of the footsteps of the original jarrow marchers on the eightieth anniversary of their journey although he admits to hopping on a passing bus if it took their route in order to enable him to research and explore the towns that they passed through. Long road from jarrow a journey through britain then and now stuart maconie on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers three and half weeks three hundred miles i saw roaring arterial highway and silent lanes candlelit cathedrals and angry men in bad pubs the britain of 1936 was a land of beef paste sandwiches and drill halls. The long road from jarrow is the author and broadcaster stuart maconies attempt to retrace the steps of the marchers part travelogue part social history ma in 1936 amidst a climate of mass unemployment and economic devastation 200 unemployed men from the town of jarrow in the north east of england marched 300 miles to westminster . Before i read of long road from jarrow a journey through britain then and now i kind of knew who stuart maconie was mainly through his radio presenting double act with mark radcliffe i was drawn to the book because of my interest in the jarrow crusade a protest march by a group of unemployed men from jarrow in newcastle to london in late . There were several long distance protest marches to london between the wars some involved many thousands of marchers and some were met with violence but the only one that is widely remembered today is the jarrow crusade of october 1936 long road from jarrow a journey through britain then and now stuart maconie ebury press 368pp
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