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Andy Croft - Author

About the Author

Andy Croft is an expert in his field and has written 30 books about sport for Hodder’s Livewire/Real Lives series. He teaches poetry and creative writing classes. He has also written biographies of Sol Campbell and Kelly Holmes for Barrington Stoke’s gr8read series. He lives in Middlesbrough.

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The Years of Anger The Life of Randall Swingler

The Years of Anger The Life of Randall Swingler

Author: Andy Croft Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/05/2020

Randall Swingler (1909-67) was arguably the most significant and the best-known radical English poet of his generation. A widely published poet, playwright, novelist, editor and critic, his work was set to music by almost all the major British composers of his time. This new biography draws on extensive sources, including the Security Services files, to present the most detailed account yet of this influential poet, lyricist and activist. A literary entrepreneur, Swingler was founder of radical paperback publishing company, Fore Publications, editor of Left Review and Our Time, and literary editor of the Daily Worker; later becoming a staff reporter, until the paper was banned in 1941. In the 1930s, he contributed several plays for Unity Theatre, including the Mass Declamation Spain, the Munich-play Crisis and the revues Sandbag Follies and Get Cracking. In 1936, MI5 opened a twenty-year long file on him prompted by a song he co-wrote with Alan Bush for a concert organized to mark the arrival of the 1934 Hunger March into London. During the Second World War, Swingler served in North Africa and Italy, and was awarded the Military Medal for his part in the battle of Lake Comacchio. His collections The Years of Anger (1946) and The God in the Cave (1950) contain arguably some of the greatest poems of the Italian campaign. After the War, Swingler was blacklisted by the BBC. Orwell attacked him in Polemic and included him in the list of names he offered the security services in 1949. Stephen Spender vilified him in The God that Failed. The book will challenge the Cold War assumptions that have excluded Swingler's life and work from standard histories of the period and should be of great interest to activists, scholars and those with an interest in the history of the literary and radical left.

The Years of Anger The Life of Randall Swingler

The Years of Anger The Life of Randall Swingler

Author: Andy Croft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2020

Randall Swingler (1909-67) was arguably the most significant and the best-known radical English poet of his generation. A widely published poet, playwright, novelist, editor and critic, his work was set to music by almost all the major British composers of his time. This new biography draws on extensive sources, including the Security Services files, to present the most detailed account yet of this influential poet, lyricist and activist. A literary entrepreneur, Swingler was founder of radical paperback publishing company, Fore Publications, editor of Left Review and Our Time, and literary editor of the Daily Worker; later becoming a staff reporter, until the paper was banned in 1941. In the 1930s, he contributed several plays for Unity Theatre, including the Mass Declamation Spain, the Munich-play Crisis and the revues Sandbag Follies and Get Cracking. In 1936, MI5 opened a twenty-year long file on him prompted by a song he co-wrote with Alan Bush for a concert organized to mark the arrival of the 1934 Hunger March into London. During the Second World War, Swingler served in North Africa and Italy, and was awarded the Military Medal for his part in the battle of Lake Comacchio. His collections The Years of Anger (1946) and The God in the Cave (1950) contain arguably some of the greatest poems of the Italian campaign. After the War, Swingler was blacklisted by the BBC. Orwell attacked him in Polemic and included him in the list of names he offered the security services in 1949. Stephen Spender vilified him in The God that Failed. The book will challenge the Cold War assumptions that have excluded Swingler's life and work from standard histories of the period and should be of great interest to activists, scholars and those with an interest in the history of the literary and radical left.

Tarzan and the Blackshirts

Tarzan and the Blackshirts

Author: Andy Croft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2016

Bare Freedom

Bare Freedom

Author: Andy Croft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2015

Barry is trying to get used to life on the outside. All he wants is to make up with his sister and to lead a normal life.But with no money, no job and the local drug dealer after him, will Barry be able to keep out of trouble?SPCK's prison fiction series not only encourages individuals in their reading but also in their rehabilitation.

The Dance of Death

The Dance of Death

Author: Andy Croft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

As the Black Death devastates England, wiping out whole villages, Adam and his older brother Will try to survive the new, terrifying world around them. They must face gangs of soldiers, religious mania, starvation and the ever-present threat of disease. Can they survive? A heart-pounding story of brotherhood, desperation and life in one of England's darkest times.

Circus Max

Circus Max

Author: Andy Croft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2015

Max has always wanted to be in a circus. The problem is, he's useless at performing. He's incredibly clumsy, no good at acrobatics, and his tricks all go wrong, no matter what he does. But that doesn't stop him trying... When his school talent show is announced Max knows it's his time to shine. Can he prove to his friends and family once and for all that the circus is the place for him? Highly readable, exciting books that take the struggle out of reading, Wired Connect encourages and supports reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers or those with English as an additional language aged 9+, at a manageable length (64 pages) and reading level (7+). Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties. Book band: Lime Ideal for ages: 9+ Reading age: 7+

A Creative Approach to Teaching Rhythm and Rhyme

A Creative Approach to Teaching Rhythm and Rhyme

Author: Andy Croft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2015

A Creative Approach to Teaching Rhythm and Rhyme is a book about using words, sounds, echoes, patterns and rhythm in the primary classroom. It is a book about hearing the poems found in football chants, nursery rhymes, radio jingles, TV adverts, raps and tabloid headlines. Most importantly, it is a book about celebrating the music of everyday speech. This is a practical guide for primary teachers to develop pupils' speaking and listening skills - their use of anticipation and memory and their ability to enjoy language and participate in its common music. It features practical warm-up sessions, games, models, templates and examples to help pupils to become readers, writers and confident speakers through the lively practice of rhythm and rhyme.

A Modern Don Juan Cantos for These Times by Divers Hands

A Modern Don Juan Cantos for These Times by Divers Hands

Author: Andy Croft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2014

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