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Solsbury Hill: Chronicle of a Road Protest

by Adrian Arbib, with a foreword by George Monbiot and Paul Kingsnorth
£19.95   hardback  The Bardwell Press (2009)

Solsbury Hill: Chronicle of a Road Protest by Adrian Arbib, with a foreword by George Monbiot and Paul Kingsnorth It is 1994. Tony Blair steps into the shoes of the recently deceased John Smith. The Channel Tunnel has just opened and British Rail is being dismantled and privatised. Margaret Thatcher's "largest road building programme since the Romans" is in full swing under John Major.
 
A rising tide of protest emerged across the country. In Bath, the Batheaston bypass was set to destroy the ancient monument and much loved beauty spot, Solsbury Hill. Was it just a bypass or part of a Euro route intended to feed even more traffic onto Britain's roads? Armed with little more than rope harnesses and mobile phones the size of bricks, the road protestors came from all walks of life. Their commitment to non-violent direct action confronted often violent security forces in muddy fields, high in the trees and even underground.
 
This collection of mostly unpublished photographs captures life on the Solsbury hill protest. It presents a unique record of an important moment in British political history when a radical movement changed government transport policy.

"It was great to see all of these pictures and brought a tear to my eye to see Kit again and a smile to see that crazy raft we built to combat the bailey bridge. It also reminded me just how barbaric it all was and how wonderful and amazing too, that we were SO empowered and SO strong, the miracles that happened daily, the stress of living in a war zone."
(Rob the Didge (Solsbury Hill protestor))
"Adrian Arbib's stunning photography captures better than anything else the spirit of the road protests of the 1990s."
(Paul Kingsnorth, auhtor of 'Real England')
"One look at the book will cure nature deficit disorder."
(Heathcote Williams)

ISBN 13: 9781905622207 | ISBN 10: 1905622201