Monday, October 13, 2008

42 Writers for Liberty

Forty-two leading writers will join Liberty in opposing Government plans to hold suspects for 42 days without charge. '42 Writers for Liberty' will showcase new works by leading writers including Philip Pullman, Monica Ali, Julian Barnes, Mohsin Hamid, Ian Rankin, Sadie Jones, Ali Smith and A.L. Kennedy.

'42 Writers for Liberty' will be launched at at noon on Sunday, 12 October as the House of Lords prepare to vote on the controversial legislation.

Julian Barnes writes, “…Claiming to defend British liberty by diminishing British liberty has become a political norm over the last 30 years or so. Digging in the heels and shouting is now more important than ever…”

The full list of participating writers in “42 Writers for Liberty” are: Julian Barnes; Ian Rankin; Salley Vickers; Alain de Botton; Daljit Nagra; Tahmima Anam; A.L. Kennedy; Stella Duffy; Andrew O'Hagan;Joe Dunthorne; Mohsin Hamid; Craig Taylor; Kamila Shamsie; Nadeem Aslam; Linda Grant; Monica Ali; Rachel North; Nick Laird; Jackie Kay; Toby Litt; Maria Hyland; Philip Pullman; Hisham Matar; Jenny Diski; Michel Faber; Terence Blacker; Hari Kunzru; Anne Donovan; Lisa Appignenesi; Alexander Masters; David Mitchell; Jay Griffiths; Esther Freud; Darian Leader; Bernardine Evaristo; Ann Leslie; Hardeep Singh Kohli; Nikita Lalwani; Sadie Jones; Tom Hodgkinson; Shami Chakrabarti; Ali Smith.

The online calendar of their new short works is at For more information about Liberty, please visit their website at


At 22 March, 2009 18:20, Blogger JOP = John Oliver Perry said...

I have just heard (on-line, linked from Wikipedia bio) a 2003 BBC Bookclub interview with JB about Flaubert's Parrot, I broke in huge laughs (as often happens in my reading of both Flaubert's Parrot and Nothing to be Frightened Of. That new tipping point came when I noticed on the Wikipedia site that JB has used the pen-name Edward Pigge, and I immediately recalled that a caller or probably an emailer named Pigge had been one of thoce chosen for an early question of JB. Was that question in fact sent in advance by JB himself or staff or ??? Thanks for a reply to

At 17 April, 2010 17:31, Anonymous bookpublishers said...

I'm watching that interview now on hardtalk (BBC - world news) - it is very interesting - direct references to JB


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