Socialist Worker

Che motorcycles off the shelves

by MICHAEL BRADLEY Circulation Department
Issue No. 1917

THERE IS a huge desire among people to read about political ideas and political figures. The success of the new Bookmarks book, Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution, is proof of this.

“We had a book launch in Glasgow at Borders bookshop recently. Around 100 people came and it was really successful,” says Mike Gonzalez, the author.

“The man in the shop told me it was ‘flying off the shelves’—he had to reorder it four times. They sold over 100 copies in that bookshop alone in a week.

“With the Motorcycle Diaries film out now, people should get onto every other Borders bookshop to organise a launch.Then we can have the book flying off the shelves in those stores too.”

You can also order Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution for £8 from the Bookmarks website at or phone 020 7637 1848.

Carnival has a political spirit

SOCIALIST WORKER sellers have become an integral part of Notting Hill Carnival over the years. Carnival has become really open to political ideas.

We sold a number of papers purely on the strength of the front page which said that Blair and Blunkett were “Wanted For Anti-Social Behaviour”.

We petitioned on getting the troops out of Iraq and that had an impact with everyone—young, old, black, white, everyone was stopping and signing. We sold 320 papers in two and a half hours.

A paper with a different agenda

SOCIALIST Worker’s articles last week about racism and the resistance to it struck a chord with many.

Weyman says, “I walked round Tottenham in north London with a journalist, talking mainly to black people about their lives.

“People feel that things are run down and nobody cares for them. They were disgruntled about racism and public services, and felt their kids weren’t being allowed to achieve at school.

“I took Socialist Worker with me, and after talking to them I could point to the articles in the paper. What people really liked about the paper was that it wrote about them and their concerns. I sold 14 copies of Socialist Worker across the afternoon.'

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Sat 4 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1917
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