Different approaches to writing life histories provide the theme for this issue of Socialist History. Richard Pankhurst describes the anti-fascist activities of his mother Sylvia Pankhurst, and Alison Macleod the Highland socialism of an eccentric Scottish uncle. Andy Croft engages with the communist poet Randall Swingler in both verse and prose, and the issue is rounded off by an interview with John Saville to celebrate ten volumes of the Dictionary of Labour Biography.
Author Biography: Kevin Morgan teaches politics at the University of Manchester. He has written extensively on comparative labor history and the cultural politics of the left. Among his books are a biography of Harry Pollitt and (as editor) Opening the Books, a collection of essays on the social and cultural history of the British Communist Party.