One of Britain’s leading historians, E.P. Thompson rewrote our concept of history in The Making of the English Working Class, and redefined the nature and possibilities of political protest in his essays and journalism.

The range and prodigality of his writing has been widely celebrated, but his poetry has received scant attention. Yet the very qualities which made his political writing so incisive and spellbinding is here in the poems, in an English which is direct and real, sonorous and undebased.