During 1936 and 1937 Ethel Macdonald, a working-class girl from Motherwell, became one of the world’s most famous voices. Reporting from Spain on the civil war that was tearing the country apart, she made no pretence of impartiality: as a lifelong anarchist, she was utterly committed to the Spanish anarchist camp.
Using contemporary accounts as well as her own words and those of her close associates, Chris Dolan unravels the story of ‚the Scots Scarlet Pimpernel‘, exploring the beliefs that inspired her to play her part in one of the twentieth century’s most significant political struggles. It is a story not only of extraordinary personal bravery and sacrifice, but also of unwavering conviction to the cause, which she maintained even when it meant betrayal by those she fought beside.
By Chris Dolan, 224 pages, contains an index, illustrations and suggestions for further reading, published 2009-04-30, Birlinn, ISBN-13: 978-1841586854
Thanks a lot to the unseen visitor from the Anarchist Bookshop in London, who brought this copy as a gift.