by Stuart Christie - £7.99 Scribner (2005)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780743263566 | ISBN 10: 0743263561
In 1964, Christie was arrested in Madrid and charged with attempting to assassinate General Franco. He was 18, far from his home in Glasgow, and could speak no Spanish. The worst part was that the accusation was true. Christie was convicted, and became Britain's most famous anarchist.
In 1972 he was arrested again, this time in Britain, suspected of being a member of The Angry Brigade. The trial became a sensational confrontation between the state and those who tried to overthrow it. Christie was acquitted; his co-defendants were all sent to gaol.
These events bookend a remarkable era in British history - a period when people thought the government might crumble and the country be made anew.
"This sharp fircracker of an autobiography explodes with wit and wisdom. It reads like a thriller laced with political polemic and fused with an affectionate portrait of a tough Glaswegian upbringing."
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