English Arcadia Simon Petherick
My new novel, English Arcadia, is now available. It’s inspired by the true story of Sir Richard Acland, the founder of the Common Wealth Party, an ultra-left party of the 1940s which won successive byelections during the war on a platform of common ownership of the land and the means of production. I met Acland over 30 years ago, just a few years before he died, and he was a kind, intelligent, charismatic and unique English aristocrat who fervently believed that the world could be changed to be a better place. His party was demolished in the Labour landslide of 1945 and he went on to found War on Want with Harold Wilson, then ultimately edged to the sidelines of a politics which increasingly filled him with despair. But right to the end, he remained an optimistic and very wonderful man. English Arcadia is an entirely fictional story of three generations of an English political family, but it is motivated by his story.
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